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Honor Girl

Title

Honor Girl

Authors

Maggie Thrash

Illustrator

Maggie Thrash

Publisher

Candlewick

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780763673826

Pages

272 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

GN400L

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homosexuality; lesbian; lesbian teenager; gay teenager, gay sibling, same-sex relationship

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

lesbian teenagers

Awards

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, 2016, Nominee, Young Adult; Best Books for Teens, 2015; Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2016 Ages (14 and Up); Cybils Awards, 2015, Finalist, Graphic Novel; Kirkus Book Award, 2015, Nominee, Young Reader; Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016 Twelve to Fourteen; Best of the Best Books, 2015 Teen Graphic Novels and Manga; Choices, 2016 Biography And Autobiography; Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books, 2016 GLBTQ Children and Teens: NonFiction

Keywords

summer camp; guns; rifles; shooting; camp counselor; crushes; first love; boy bands; ostracism

Diversity Impact

direct

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