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Unbecoming

Title

Unbecoming

Authors

Jenny Downham

Publisher

Scholastic Inc

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780545907170

Pages

384 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Life has just become very complicated for seventeen-year-old Katie; her father walked out a year ago, her mother is stressed out, her brother is a "special needs" teenager, and she is caring for the maternal grandmother she has never met, who is suffering from Alzheimer's--and Katie has a secret of her own that she cannot reveal.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Separation; Single parent; Homosexuality; separated parents; single mother; lesbian; same sex relationship; lesbian teenager

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

multigenerational

LGBTQ+

female/female

Awards

Carnegie Medal, 2017, Short List, Children's Book
Lancashire County Library Children's Book of the Year, 2017, Short List
Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2017, Honor, Children's (Young Adult Literature)
Young Adult Book Prize, 2016, Short List, Young Adult Fiction

Keywords

Alzheimer's Disease; brothers and sisters; England; families; family secrets; family life; grandmothers; secrets; mothers and daughters

Diversity Impact

indirect

Unbecoming

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