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Personal Effects

Title

Personal Effects

Authors

E. M. Kokie

Publisher

Candlewick Press

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9780763669362

Pages

400 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Matt has been sleepwalking through life while seeking answers about his brother T.J.'s death in Iraq, but after discovering that he may not have known his brother as well as he thought he did, Matt is able to stand up to his father, honor T.J.'s memory, and take charge of his own life.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL670L

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family member death; Family violence; Military families; Single parent; Homosexuality; death of a brother; abusive father; verbal abuse; physical abuse; brother in the military; single father; gay; gay brother

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Lambda Literary Award, 2013, Finalist, LGBT Children's/Young Adult

Keywords

coping with brother's death; father-son relationship; school; military; anger; rage; Iraq; crushes

Diversity Impact

direct

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