Playing a Part

Title

Playing a Part

Publisher

Arthur A. Levine Books

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780545726078

Pages

176 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Grishka has grown up in the closed world of a puppet theater in Russia, but now that world seems to be falling apart--his best friend needs an operation, financial difficulties are forcing people out, his homosexual friend Sam, the jester, is leaving for Holland and Grishka no longer knows what role he himself is playing.

Grade Level

9-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

880L

Diversity Topics

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Gay/Lesbian; Androgyny; Illness; gay; gay adult; genderqueer; heart condition

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White (Russian)

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay males

Awards

Rainbow List, 2016 Young Adult Fiction

Keywords

theatre; puppets; friendship; Russia; bullying; homophobia; grandfather; jester; operation

Diversity Impact

direct

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