The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Balzer + Bray
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
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.
aunt and grandmother
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
orphan; car accident; Montana; religion; conversion therapy
Danforth, Emily M., "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" (2012). DIVerse Families. 784.