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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Title

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Publisher

Balzer + Bray

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9780062020574

Pages

470 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

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

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

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

aunt and grandmother

LGBTQ+

female/female

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

Diversity Impact

direct

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