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God Loves Hair

Title

God Loves Hair

Authors

Vivek Shraya

Illustrator

Juliana Neufeld

Publisher

Arsenal Pulp Press

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9781551525433

Pages

110 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picturebook

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A collection of twenty-one short stories following a tender, intellectual, and curious child of Indian origin as he navigates the complex realms of sexuality, gender, racial politics, religion, and belonging. "I am often mistaken for a girl. Not just because I like to wear dresses or makeup. I don't mind. My parents are from India and here is not quite home. School isn't always safe and neither is my body. But I feel safe in my love for God. And God loves hair."

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homosexuality; Gender nonconformity; gay teenager; gender identity; gender expression; boys who dress like girls

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

Indian

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

male/male

Awards

Lambda Literary Award, 2011, Finalist, LGBT Children's/Young Adult
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2014
Booklist Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth, 2015 Fiction
Booklist Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books for Youth, 2014
Quill & Quire Books of the Year, 2014 Picture Book
Rainbow List, 2011 Young Adult/ Crossover Fiction
USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2015 Grades 9-12

Keywords

India; Canada; religion; culture; coming of age; sexuality; short stories

Diversity Impact

direct

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