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Brooklyn Burning

Title

Brooklyn Burning

Authors

Steve Brezenoff

Publisher

Carolrhoda Books

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9780761375265

Pages

202 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When you're sixteen and no one understands who you are, sometimes the only choice left is to run. If you're lucky, you find a place that accepts you, no questions asked. And if you're really lucky, that place has a drum set, a place to practice, and a place to sleep. For Kid, the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, are that place. Over the course of two scorching summers, Kid falls hopelessly in love and then loses nearly everything and everyone worth caring about. But as summer draws to a close, Kid finally finds someone who can last beyond the sunset.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

760L

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homelessness; Androgyny; homeless teenager; gender identity; gender fluid; feminine characteristics; androgynous fashion

Main Character

genderqueer teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

estranged from mother and father

LGBTQ+

androgynous person

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2011, Nominee, Fiction Young Adult; Kirkus Best Young Adult Books, 2011; Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2011; Rainbow List, 2012 Young Adult Fiction; YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012; Moonbeam Children's Book Award, 2011, Silver, Young Adult Fiction (Mature Issues); Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 2012, Honor, Language Arts 7-12 Novels

Keywords

music; drums; absent father; drug and alcohol use; kicked out; Brooklyn, New York; warehouse fire; summer

Diversity Impact

direct

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