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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Title

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Publisher

Balzer + Bray

Pages

470 pages

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9780062020574

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Legal guardianship; Family member death; Homosexuality; kinship care; death of parents; lesbian; lesbian relationship; grandmother raising grandchild; aunt raising niece

Annotation

Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, Emily M. Danforth's The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a powerful and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel in the tradition of the classic Annie on My Mind. Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to: that she's gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. There she falls in love with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl. When she's eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God's Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to "cure" her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

aunt and grandmother

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

female/female

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Amazon Editors' Picks: Best Books of the Year, 2012; Booklist Editors Choice: Books for Youth, 2012; Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth, 2012; Booklist Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books for Youth, 2012; Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2013; Choices, 2013; School Library Journal Best Books, 2012; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2013; Tayshas High School Reading List, 2013, None; Garden State Teen Book Award, 2015, Nominee; Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2013, Nominee; William C. Morris Award, 2013, Finalist

Keywords

orphan; car accident; Montana; religion; conversion therapy

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

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