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.
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
male teenager; gender neutral teenager
White / Caucasian
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
friendship; allies; makeup; school; bullies
St. James, James, "Freak Show" (2008). Diverse Families. 2273.