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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

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Racial Diversity; Biracial; Interracial; Homosexuality; lesbian child; mixed race; interracial marriage

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

female/female

Awards

Lambda Literary Award, 1997

Keywords

cousins; coming of age; identity

Diversity Impact

direct

The House You Pass on the Way

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