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Beast

Title

Beast

Authors

Brie Spangler

Publisher

Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9781101937167

Pages

330 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

After falling off the roof, fifteen-year-old misfit Dylan must attend a therapy group for self-harmers where he meets Jamie, a beautiful and amazing person he does not know is transgender.

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Lexile Measure

HL610L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Family member death; Single parent; Family violence; Transgender; Physical disability; Mental illness; death of a father; single mother; abusive mother; transgender teenager; boy to girl; broken leg; suicidal thoughts and/or tendencies; therapy

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother

LGBTQ+

transgender female

Awards

Academy of Book Cover Designers Awards, 2017, Short List, Young Adult
Cybils Awards, 2016, Finalist, Young Adult Fiction
Lambda Literary Award, 2017, Finalist, LGBT Children's/Young Adult
Northern California Book Award, 2017, Finalist, Young Adult
Best Young Adult Books, 2016
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2016
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, 2016 Young Adult
Rainbow List, 2017 Young Adult Fiction
YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2017 Young Adult Fiction
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2018 Young Adult Fiction

Keywords

self-help groups; first kiss; bullying; high school; intelligence; friendship; football; excessive body hair

Diversity Impact

direct

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