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Tyler Buckspan

Title

Tyler Buckspan

Publisher

Prizm Books

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9781610405188

Pages

200 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Fifteen-year-old Tyler Buckspan lives with his mom and grandmother in 1960s Cassadaga, a Florida community where spiritual "mediums" ply their trade. The mediums--Tyler's grandmother among them--read palms and tarot cards, conduct seances and speak with the dead. Tyler's a loner, a bookish boy with few interests, until his half-brother Devin, nineteen and a convicted arsonist, comes to live in Tyler's home. For years, Tyler has ignored his attraction to other boys. But with Devin in the house, Tyler can't deny his urges any longer. He falls hopelessly in love with his miscreant half-brother, and with the sport of basketball, once Devin teaches Tyler the finer points of the game. In a time when love between men was forbidden, even criminalized, can Tyler find the love he needs from another boy? And is Devin a person to be trusted? Is he truly clairvoyant, or simply a con artist playing Tyler and others for fools? What does Devin really know about a local murder? And can Tyler trust his own psychic twinges?

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Single parent; Homosexuality; single mother; gay teenager; same sex relationship

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother

LGBTQ+

male/male

Awards

Rainbow List, 2014 Teen Fiction

Keywords

half brother; basketball; relationships; tragedy; psychic; tarot cards; palm reading; Florida; car restoration and repair

Diversity Impact

direct

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