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Authors

Tomas Mournian

Publisher

Kensington

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9780758267986

Pages

400 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Based on a news article written for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. When 15-year-old Ahmed inadvertently outs himself to his parents, they take him to a residential treatment center in the Nevada desert, Serenity Ridge, where he's tortured, molested, and put through a straight rehabilitation program. After 11 months, Ahmed manages to escape to a safe house for runaway gay teens in San Francisco.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Step parent; Homelessness; Homosexuality; Gender noncomformity; step mother; transient; homeless; homosexual; gay; same sex relationship; gender expression; gender identity

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

Arab

Family Formation

step mother and father

LGBTQ+

male/male

Awards

Rainbow List, 2012 Young Adult Fiction

Keywords

runway teenagers; San Franciso; sexual abuse; psychological abuse; conversion camp; escape; safe house

Diversity Impact

direct

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