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Debbie Harry Sings in French

Title

Debbie Harry Sings in French

Authors

Meagan Brothers

Publisher

Henry Holt and Company

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9781627790567

Pages

234 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When Johnny completes an alcohol rehabilitation program and his mother sends him to live with his uncle in North Carolina, he meets Maria, who seems to understand his fascination with the new wave band Blondie, and he learns about his deceased father's youthful forays into "glam rock," which gives him perspective on himself, his past, and his current life.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

560L

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Single parent; Family member death; Kinship care; Gender noncomformity; Addiction; uncle raising nephew; death of a father; single mother; boy who dresses as a girl; gender roles; alchoholism; rehabilitation

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and uncle

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2008, Finalist, Young Adult Novels; Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, 2009, Honor Book; Booklist Best Books for Young Adults, 2009 Fiction; Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books, 2009 General Books about GLBTQ Issues: Fiction; Middle and Junior High Schoool Library Catalog, Ninth Edition Supplement 2008, 2008; Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 2008; Rainbow List, 2009 Young Adult Fiction; Stuff for the Teen Age, 2009 Love; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009 Fiction

Keywords

alcohol; self-acceptence; Tampa, Florida; small town; high school; bullying; music; drag; South Carolina; Blondie; goth

Diversity Impact

direct

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