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The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Title

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Authors

Angelo Surmelis

Publisher

Balzer & Bray

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9780062659002

Pages

315 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Evan Panos's strict immigrant Greek mother sees him as a disappointment. His workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict. And his best friend, Henry, has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer. His only escape is drawing, in an abandoned monastery that feels as lonely as he is. And Henry makes Evan believe that he deserves more than his mother's harsh words and terrifying abuse. As things escalate, Evan has to decide how to find his voice in a world where he has survived so long by being silent.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

HL500L

Topic

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family violence; Bicultural; Homosexuality; domestic abuse; physical abuse; abusive parent; abusive mother; violent parent; rage; bicultural teenager; gay; gay teenager

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Greek / White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Keywords

religion; Christianity; high school; small town; Illinois; Greek family; teenage romance; church; self acceptance; artist; homophobia

Diversity Impact

direct

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

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