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You're Welcome, Universe

Title

You're Welcome, Universe

Authors

Whitney Gardner

Publisher

Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780399551413

Pages

297 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a "mainstream" school in the suburbs, where she's treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up. Out in the 'burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off--and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

HL610L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Surrogacy; Interracial; Gay/Lesbian; Physical disability; sperm donation; sperm donor; interracial family; interracial parents; lesbians; lesbian mothers; same-sex marriage; deaf; deaf teenager; deaf adults; deaf mothers

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Indian American

Family Formation

two mothers

LGBTQ+

lesbian females

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
Schneider Family Book Award, 2018, Winner, Teen
Best Books for Teens, 2017
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018 Ages 14 and Older

Keywords

graffiti; art; spray paint; new school; friendship; Bansky; competition; bullying; expulsion; lip reading

Diversity Impact

indirect

You're Welcome, Universe


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