DIVerse Families
 
The Art of Being Normal

Title

The Art of Being Normal

Authors

Lisa Williamson

Publisher

Farrar Straus Giroux

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780374302375

Pages

344 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David's deepest secret gets out, that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

770L

Diversity Topics

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Transgender; transgender teenagers; boy to girl

Main Character

male teenager; female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

transgender male; transgender female

Awards

Academy of Book Cover Designers Awards, 2015, Short List, Young Adult
Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature, 2017, Young Adult
Branford Boase Award, 2016, Short List
Grampian Children's Book Award, 2017, Short List
Hounslow Teen Read Award, 2016, Winner
Leeds Book Award, 2016, Winner, Ages 14-16
North East Teenage Book Award, 2016, Winner, Teen
Oxfordshire Book Award, 2016, Winner, Secondary Novel
UKLA Children's Book Award, 2016, Long List, Ages (12-16)
Waterstones Children's Book Prize, 2016, Winner, Older Fiction
Wirral Paperback of the Year Award, 2017, Short List
Young Adult Book Prize, 2016, Short List, Young Adult Fiction
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2017 Grades 9-12
Recommended Books for Young Readers, 2017 Teens
USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2017 Grades 9-12
YALSA Teens' Top Ten, 2017 Teen

Keywords

secrecy; friendship; high school; bullying; tutoring; transphobia

Diversity Impact

direct

The Art of Being Normal


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