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Because I Am Furniture

Title

Because I Am Furniture

Authors

Thalia Chaltas

Publisher

Penguin Young Readers Group

Publication Year

2010

ISBN

9780670062980

Pages

368 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel in verse

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.

Grade Level

6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; Family violence; domestic abuse; abusive father; rage; violence; abuse

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Amelia Bloomer List, 2010
Best of the Best Books, 2009
Pure Poetry, 2008
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2010
Reading Olympics Booklist, 2016
None
Arkansas Teen Book Award, 2011
Nominee
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, 2012-2013
Nominee
Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2011
Nominee
Nevada Young Readers' Award, 2011
Nominee
Tayshas High School Reading List, 2010
None
Virginia Readers' Choice Award, 2011-2012
Nominee
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, 2012-2013, Honor Book

Keywords

rape; child abuse; guilt; child sexual abuse; sex crimes; high schools

Diversity Impact

direct

Because I Am Furniture

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