DIVerse Families
 
The House You Pass on the Way

Title

The House You Pass on the Way

Publisher

Delacorte Press

Pages

99 pages

Publication Year

1997

ISBN

9780385321891

Genre

realism

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Racial Diversity; Biracial; Interracial; Homosexuality; lesbian child; mixed race; interracial marriage

Annotation

When thirteen-year-old Staggerlee, the daughter of a racially mixed marriage, spends a summer with her cousin Trout, she begins to question her sexuality to Trout and catches a glimpse of her possible future self. Thirteen-year-old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline, but she took on a fiercer name. She's always been different--set apart by the tragic deaths of her grandparents in an anti-civil rights bombing, by her parents' interracial marriage, and by her family's retreat from the world. This summer she has a new reason to feel set apart--her confused longing for her friend Hazel. When cousin Trout comes to stay, she gives Staggerlee a first glimpse of her possible future selves and the world beyond childhood.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

mother and father

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

female/female

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Awards

Lambda Literary Award, 1997

Keywords

cousins; coming of age; identity

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

The House You Pass on the Way

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