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Kiss Number 8

Title

Kiss Number 8

Illustrator

Ellen T. Crenshaw

Publisher

First Second

Publication Year

2019

ISBN

9781250196934

Pages

299 pages

Genre

realism

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It's everything she hoped high school would be... until all of a sudden, it's not. Her dad is hiding something big--so big it could tear her family apart. And that's just the beginning of her problems: Mads is starting to figure out that she doesn't want to kiss Adam... because the only person she wants to kiss is Cat. Just like that, Mad's tidy little life has gotten epically messy--and epically heartbreaking. And when your heart is broken, it takes more than an awkward, uncomfortable, tooth-clashing, friendship-ending kiss to put things right again. It takes a whole bunch of them.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family member death; Step parent; Family violence; Bisexuality; Transgender; death of a grandparent; step mother; step grandmother; spousal abuse; abusive father; bisexual teenager; transgender grandparent; girl to boy

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

bisexual female; transgender male

Keywords

kissing; coming of age; secrets; family history; baseball; friendship; music; Catholic school; transphobia; homophobia

Diversity Impact

direct

Kiss Number 8


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