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Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

Title

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

Authors

Bil Bil Wright

Publisher

Simon and Schuster

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9781416939962

Pages

219 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a famous make-up artist, but first he must face his jealous boss at a Macy's cosmetics counter, his sister's abusive boyfriend, and his crush on a punk-rocker classmate.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

820L

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Single parent; Family violence; Homosexuality; Gender nonconformity; single mother; abusive boyfriend; gay; gay teenager; gender roles

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Hispanic American

Family Formation

single mother

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2011, Nominee, Fiction Young Adult; Lambda Literary Award, 2012, Winner, LGBT Children's/Young Adult; Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2012, Winner, Children's (Young Adult Literature); 28 Days Later, 2012 Young Adult; Rainbow List, 2012 Middle Early Young Adult Fiction; YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2013; YALSA Top 10 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2013

Keywords

makeup; professional makeup artist; Macy's; New York; job; celebrities; competition; high school

Diversity Impact

direct

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

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