Far from Xanadu

Title

Far from Xanadu

Publisher

Little, Brown

Publication Year

2005

ISBN

9780316158817

Pages

288 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

In this fresh, poignant novel Mike is struggling to come to terms with her father's suicide and her mother's detachment from her family. Mike (real name Mary Elizabeth) is gay and likes to pump iron, play softball and fix plumbing. When a glamorous new girl, Xanadu, arrives in Mike's small Kansas town, she falls in love at first sight. Xanadu is everything that Mike is not - cool, confident, feminine, sexy and - straight! No matter how close their growing friendship is, Mike is always going to be 'far from Xanadu'.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

460L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family member death; Gay/Lesbian; death of a father; lesbian; lesbian teenager

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother

LGBTQ+

lesbian female

Awards

Booklist Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth, 2005
Booklist Top 10 Youth Romances, 2005
Choices, 2006 Fiction Young Adult
Core Collection: Sports Fiction for Girls, 2007
Rainbow List, 2008 Young Adult Fiction
Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2006 Supplement, 2006

Keywords

suicide; softball; plumbing; exercise; high school; small town; Kansas; new girl

Diversity Impact

direct

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