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The House You Pass on the Way

Title

The House You Pass on the Way

Publisher

Delacorte Press

Publication Year

1997

ISBN

9780385321891

Pages

99 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When thirteen-year-old Staggerlee, the daughter of a racially mixed marriage, spends a summer with her cousin Trout, she begins to question her sexuality to Trout and catches a glimpse of her possible future self. Thirteen-year-old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline, but she took on a fiercer name. She's always been different--set apart by the tragic deaths of her grandparents in an anti-civil rights bombing, by her parents' interracial marriage, and by her family's retreat from the world. This summer she has a new reason to feel set apart--her confused longing for her friend Hazel. When cousin Trout comes to stay, she gives Staggerlee a first glimpse of her possible future selves and the world beyond childhood.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL690L

Diversity Topics

Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Biracial; Interracial; Gay/Lesbian; biracial teenager; mixed race; interracial parents; interracial marriage

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

lesbian female

Awards

Lambda Literary Award, 1997, Winner, Children's (Young Adult Literature)
Best Children's Books of the Year, 1998 Nine & Up Today
Capitol Choices, 1997 Fourteen and Up
Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Third Edition, 2001
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, Fiction
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 1997 Fiction
Senior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Fifteenth Edition, 1998
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2006 GLBT
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2014 GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queerquestioning, Intersex, Asexual individuals, and Their Allies-Fiction

Keywords

cousins; coming of age; identity; friendship; civil rights; high school; confidence

Diversity Impact

direct

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