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How Beautiful the Ordinary

Twelve Stories of Identity

by Michael Cart Author · Francesca Lia Block Author


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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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David Levithan (Author)

David Levithan is the critically acclaimed author of eight books for teens, many of which have appeared on ALA's Best Books for Young Adults list, including Boy Meets Boy, for which he won a Lambda Literary Award.

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Ron Koertge (Author)

Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge are the authors of acclaimed young adult books and are writing for young readers for the first time. After meeting through Hamline University's MFA program, they decided to collaborate. Christine lives in New Y...

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Michael Cart (Author)

Michael Cart is a writer, a lecturer, a consultant, and a nationally recognized expert in YA literature. He is the former director of the Beverly Hills (California) Public Library and a past president of the Young Adult Library Services Associatio...

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Julie Anne Peters (Author)

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of more than a dozen books, including a bestselling memoir, a collection of short stories entitled Remind Me to Murder You Later, and three novels for adults. Her novel Getting In won the Alex Award from the Am...

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Francesca Lia Block (Author)

Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Weetzie Bat; the book collections Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books and Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales,...

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Jennifer Finney Boylan (Author)

Born in Dublin in 1969, EMMA DONOGHUE is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright who lives in Canada. Her novel Room won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada/Caribbean) and was shortlisted for the Man...

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Eric Shanower (Author)

Julie Anne Peters lives in Lakewood, Colorado.

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David Levithan
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Ron Koertge
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Michael Cart
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Julie Anne Peters
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Francesca Lia Block
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Jennifer Finney Boylan
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Emma Donoghue
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William Sleater
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Eric Shanower
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