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Alan Cole is Not a Coward

Title

Alan Cole is Not a Coward

Authors

Eric Bell

Publisher

Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780062567048

Pages

288 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Hoping to keep his older brother Nathan silent about his secret crush on another boy at their school, twelve-year-old Alan agrees to a ruthless sibling competition involving nearly impossible tasks--from standing up to their demanding father to getting a first kiss.

Grade Level

6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family violence; Homosexuality; abuse; verbal abuse; manipulation; abusive brother; abusive father; rage; gay; gay teenager

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Rainbow List, 2018 Middle Grade Fiction
Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction

Keywords

friendship; middle school; first kiss; bravery; blackmail; competition

Diversity Impact

direct

Alan Cole is Not a Coward

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