How Beautiful the Ordinary

Twelve Stories of Identity

By Cart, Michael & Block, Francesca Lia & Levithan, David & Koertge, Ron & Eric Shanower & Peters, Julie Anne & JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN & William Sleater & Donoghue, Emma

Publishers Summary:
A girl thought to be a boy steals her sister's skirt, while a boy thought to be a girl refuses to wear a cornflower blue dress. One boy's love of a soldier leads to the death of a stranger. The present takes a bittersweet journey into the past when a man revisits the summer school where he had "an accidental romance." And a forgotten mother writes a poignant letter to the teenage daughter she hasn't seen for fourteen years. Poised between the past and the future are the stories of now. In nontraditional narratives, short stories, and brief graphics, tales of anticipation and regret, eagerness and confusion present distinctively modern views of love, sexuality, and gender identification. Together, they reflect the vibrant possibilities available for young people learning to love others—and themselves—in today's multifaceted and quickly changing world.

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ISBN
978-0-06115-498-0
Publisher
HarperTeen


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2009

Gr 9-Up This collection's refreshing perspectivethat gay, lesbian, and transgendered lives simply are, as Cart states in the introduction, "as wonderfully various, diverse, and gloriously complex as any other lives,"distinguishes it. Twelve acclaimed authors contribute stories ranging from sweet and nostalgic to lyrical and desperate, capturing the blissful/painful process of self-discovery. Highlights include Margo Lanagan's retelling of "The Highwayman" from a voyeuristic stable boy's point of view and Gregory Magui...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

A talented corps of young adult and adult authors contribute to this polished, poignant collection exploring sexuality and gender ide...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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