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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

Title

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

Authors

Leslea Newman

Publisher

Candlewick Press

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9780763658076

Pages

128 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel in verse

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

On the night of October 6, 1998, twenty-one-year-old gay college student Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. In a deeply personal response to that tragic day and its brutal aftermath, Leslea Newman explores the impact of the vicious crime through fictitious monologues from various points of view.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homosexuality; homosexual; gay; gay adult

Main Character

multiple

Race/Ethnicities

multiple

Family Formation

multiple

LGBTQ+

male/male

Awards

Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2013, Honor, Children's (Young Adult Literature)

Keywords

hate crimes; law and crime; social issues; murder; Laramie, Wyoming; poetry; gay awareness week; grief

Diversity Impact

direct

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

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