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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Title

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Publisher

Flux, an imprint of Llewlly Worldwide

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9780738732510

Pages

271 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL600L

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Transgender; girl to boy; transgender teenager

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

transgender male

Awards

Rainbow List, 2013 American Library Association
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2013 American Library Association
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2014 YALSA-ALA
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, 2014-2015
Nominee Indiana
Flume: NH Teen Reader's Choice Award, Fall, 2015
Nominee New Hampshire
Green Mountain Book Award, 2014-2015
Nominee Vermont
South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2014-2015
Nominee South Carolina
Lambda Literary Award, 2013 Finalist United States
Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2014 Winner United States
Stonewall Book Award, 2014 Winner United States

Keywords

music; radio show; disc jockey; DJ; high school; love; bullying

Diversity Impact

direct

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