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The Boy in the Dress

Title

The Boy in the Dress

Authors

David Walliams

Illustrator

Quentin Blake

Publisher

HarperCollins Children's

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9780007279036

Pages

231 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Dennis' life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, "no hugging" is one of their household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer--he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion for fashion?

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Lexile Measure

650L

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Gender noncomformity; boys who dress like girls; transvestism

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

divorced parents

Awards

Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books,2009 Cooperative Children s Book Center
Thickskinned, Thinskinned, The Skin I m In: Books about Bullying, Teasing, Relational Aggression and School Violence,2013 Cooperative Children s Book Center
Choices,2010 Cooperative Children's Book Center
Rainbow List,2010 American Library Association
Roald Dahl Funny Prize, 2009 Shortlist United Kingdom
New Horizons Book Award, 2010 Shortlist United Kingdom
Stonewall Book Award, 2011 Honor Book United States

Keywords

depression; soccer; parent abandonment

Diversity Impact

direct

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