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Freakboy / Kristin Elizabeth Clark.

By: Clark, Kristin Elizabeth [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York ; Square Fish ; 2016Edition: First Square Fish edition.Description: 425 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781250062956; 1250062950.Other title: Freak boy.Subject(s): Novels in verse -- Juvenile fiction | Sexual orientation -- Juvenile fiction | Transgender people -- Juvenile fiction | High schools -- Juvenile fiction | Schools -- Juvenile fiction | Wrestling -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Young adult fiction.DDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PS3603.L3649 | F74 2016Summary: Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.Other editions: Reproduction of (manifestation):: Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. Freakboy.
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"Originally published in the United States by Farrar Straus Giroux"--Title page verso.

Includes "GoFish questions for the author" and an excerpt from the author's novel "Jess, Chunk, and the road trip to infinity."

Includes bibliographical references.

Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Brandon, a high school wrestler, must face the fact that despite his best efforts he isn't as hyper-masculine as he feels he needs to be. Acceptance of his gender fluidity will prove to be his greatest challenge. Brandon's stepfather, a symphony conductor, appears to need regular validation of his manliness, and his mother undergoes breast enhancement surgery to appear, presumably, more womanly. Vanessa, Brandon's girlfriend, is also a wrestler; she feels she can only have a true win on the mat once her opponent lets go of the thought that she's a girl. When he's not aggressive enough in the ring, Brandon's coach calls him Brenda. Eventually, he meets Angel, an attractive young woman whose birth certificate reads "male." Angel-empowered, self-loving, and equipped to help others-can support Brandon to be at home in his body and in his craving for feminine expression. This book is a strong addition to LBGT and general collections as a compelling story for reluctant readers and an educational piece on a topic that needs discussion. The use of typography for emphasis is occasionally awkward and self-conscious, but overall this novel-in-verse presents a clear, realistic narrative in various voices. It succeeds in conveying the message that "you are not alone" to transgender youth while helping everyone else get a handle on these often-tortured teens. The author succeeds in her mission to foster "greater understanding and acceptance of gender's vast and lovely variation." -Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Kristin Elizabeth Clark always knew she wanted to be a writer. She began dabbling in haiku in the third grade - this "experimentation" turned out to be a gateway to the harder stuff: book-length verse. She lives and writes in Northern California, where she has worked as a child advocate within the juvenile justice system and as a children's theater producer. She is a proud volunteer at Project Outlet in Mountain View, California. Freakboy is her young adult debut. kristinelizabethclark.com

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