Scandalous! Playlist

Zest Books’ most recent book, Scandalous! 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) by Hallie Fryd, is all about the biggest scandals that rocked the 20th century. For your listening pleasure we’ve created this playlist that includes songs inspired by the book, along with some other songs about scandalous historical events:

Madonna: “Like a Virgin” (Scandalous! “Madonna’s Racy Blond Ambition Tour Protested By Catholic Church”)

Madonna’s sexy performance of this song almost got her arrested in Canada.

Madonna: “Like a Prayer” (Scandalous! “Madonna’s Racy Blond Ambition Tour Protested By Catholic Church”)

Madonna offended religious groups and lost her endorsement with Pepsi over the music video for “Like a Prayer”.

Sublime: “April 29, 1992” (explicit) (Scandalous! “Police Beating of Rodney King Sparks LA Race Riots”)

Sublime included audio from a police phone call recorded during the LA Race Riots at the beginning of this song.

2pac: “Hit ‘Em Up” (album version—edited) (Scandalous! “Rappers Biggie and Tupac Murdered Amid East-West Coast Rap Rivalry”)

2Pac wrote this song in response to Notorious B.I.G.’s song “Who Shot Ya,” which 2Pac believed confirmed Biggie’s involvement in his mysterious shooting.

Michael Jackson: “Black or White” (Scandalous! “Pop Star Michael Jackson Accused of Molesting 13-Year-Old Boy”)
Watch it on youtube.
Jackson’s upbeat song about racial equality brought many people together.

Michael Jackson: “Remember the Time” (Scandalous! “Pop Star Michael Jackson Accused of Molesting 13-Year-Old Boy”)

Can you spot the celebrities in this video?

Milli Vanilli: “Girl You Know It’s True” (Scandalous! “Pop Duo Milli Vanilli Lip Sync Their Way to a Grammy”)
Girl you know it’s, girl you know it’s, girl you know it’s…

Joan Baez: “The Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti” (Scandalous! “Italian Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti Sentenced to Death for Political Views”)

Baez wrote the lyrics to this song using lines from Vanzetti’s letters.

Tom Robinson: “Glad to be Gay”

“Glad to be Gay” called for gay men and women in 1970s London to fight for their rights in a time when people often still kept their sexuality a secret.

Bob Dylan: “Hurricane”
Watch it on youtube.
Dylan’s song about professional boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who was convicted of a triple homicide in 1966, drew attention to his legal case. The ruling was eventually overturned and Carter was released.

The Beatles: “Revolution”
Watch it on youtube.
The Beatles reacted to the wave of Vietnam War protests with this song.

Like what you hear and want to read more? Head over to the Scandalous! book page to get a sneak peek inside the book and to order online!

Happy Holidays from Zest Books!

We’re in holiday season, people. That means delicious, stomach-ache-inducing food, spending time with your family, and then hiding from your family by watching TV and movies.

Lucky for you, there’s a perfect new Zest book made for that very purpose.


Gobble gobble and all that stuff

The most delicious of all holidays, Thanksgiving, is almost upon us! So, let’s talk about food, shall we?

What is your ultimate, think-about-it-all-year, mouth-watering, Thanksgiving dish?

Here’s what some of the Zest team has to say:

Nikki: “Cranberry sauce, but only the kind that comes out of the can with the grooves in the side.”

Hallie: “Good ol’ fashion Turkey.”

Tanya: “Pumpkin pie!”

Pam: “Mashed potatoes made the ‘Thanksgiving way,’ which means lots and lots of butter.”

October is National Anti-Bullying Month!

Let’s face it, most middle school and high school girls have been gossiped about, ignored, teased, taunted online, or even threatened by other girls. And lots of girls have been aggressors, too. But why do girls act this way?
And what can they do about it?

For anti-bullying month, check out Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other And How We Can Change

Inside you’ll find:
– real scientific theories about why girls are cruel to each other
– steps to take when things get out of hand
– positive advice for girls on how to unite and become more empowered
– advice from female artists and athletes
– a resource section of girl-power organizations
Reading level: Young Adult Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Zest Books (February 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 097901736X ISBN-13: 978-0979017360
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches

Calling All Bay Area Teens! Zest is Looking for Teen Editors!

Zest is now accepting applications for our Teen Advisory Board!

This is an AWESOME OPPORTUNITY for the right person. If you are thinking about a career in publishing, or just simply love to read, you should definitely apply. Plus, this will look great on a college application.
We’re looking for teens (14-17) who:
• love to read
• are up on pop culture
• are reliable
• are good at giving feedback
You don’t need to be a great writer, but you do need to be a great–and relatively quick–reader.

If you are interested, email with “Teen Advisory Board” in the subject line, and express your interest in applying.

Applications are due October 21, 2011, so email now if you’re interested!

To learn more about our Teen Advisory Board, visit our page here.

Here are a few of our teen editors from the past:


Huitzi, Anna Livia, Ema, Felicity, and Amelia



Diana, Emma, Celina, and Irene



Sasha, Atticus, Trevor, and Andrea



Carolyn, Hannah, Joe, and Max