Freak Show

Title

Freak Show

Authors

James St. James

Publisher

Puffin Books

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9780142412312

Pages

304 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Meet Billy Bloom, new student at the ultra-white, ultra-rich, ultra-conservative Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy and drag queen extraordinaire. Actually, ?drag queen? does not begin to describe Billy and his fabulousness. Any way you slice it, Billy is not a typical seventeen-year-old, and the Bible Belles, Aberzombies, and Football Heroes at the academy have never seen anyone quite like him before. But thanks to the help and support of one good friend, Billy?s able to take a stand for outcasts and underdogs everywhere in his own outrageous, over-thetop, sad, funny, brilliant, and unique way.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

600L

Diversity Topics

LGBTQ; Gay/Lesbian; Gender nonconformity; gay; gay / lesbian family member; gay child; same sex relationship; boys who dress as girls; gender expression; gender identity; gender roles

Main Character

male teenager; gender neutral teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White / Caucasian

Awards

Children's Literature Council of Southern California Award, 2008, Winner, Young Adult
Lambda Literary Award, 2007, Finalist
Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature, 2008, Winner
Thumbs Up! Award, 2008, Honor Book

Keywords

friendship; allies; makeup; school; bullies

Diversity Impact

direct

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