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Sprout

Title

Sprout

Authors

Dale Peck

Publisher

Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9781599901602

Pages

288 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When Sprout and his father move from Long Island to Kansas after the death of his mother, he is sure he will find no friends, no love, no beauty. But friends find him, the strangeness of the landscape fascinates him, and when love shows up in an unexpected place, it proves impossible to hold. An incredible, literary story of a boy who knows he's gay, and the town that seems to have no place for him to hide.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

990L

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family member death; Single parent; Poverty; Homosexuality; death of a parent; death of a mother; single father; living in poverty; gay teenager

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2010, Honor Book, Children's (Young Adult Literature); Lambda Literary Award, 2010, Winner; 50 Books about Writers and Writing, 2012 Writers in Fiction: Picture Books and Novels Featuring Young Writers; Choices, 2010 Fiction Young Adult; Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books, 2009 GLBTQ Children and Teens: Fiction; Rainbow List, 2010 Fiction; School Stories: Selected K-12 Literature about the School Experience, 2014 Life Lesson

Keywords

recently moved; Kansas; singled out/bullied; poor; alcoholic father; trailer; mentor; friendship; green hair; essay contest

Diversity Impact

direct

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