Geography Club by Brent Hartinger

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Book 1 in the Russel Middlebrook Series.

Now a feature film starring Scott Bakula and Nikki Blonsky! The first book in the Russel Middlebrook Series.

Russel Middlebrook is convinced he's the only gay kid at Robert L. Goodkind High School. Then his online gay-chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school's baseball team. Soon Russel meets other gay students too. There's his best friend, Min, who reveals she's bisexual; Min's soccer-playing girlfriend, Terese; and Terese's politically active friend, Ike.

But how can kids this diverse get together without drawing attention to themselves?

"We just choose a club that's so boring nobody in their right mind would ever in a million years join it. We could call in the Geography Club!"

Geography Club for anyone, gay or straight, who's ever felt like an outsider -- a fast-paced and funny tale of teenagers who may not learn any actual geography in their latest club, but who discover plenty about the treacherous social terrain of high school, and the even more dangerous landscape of the human heart.

 

About Brent Hartinger

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Brent Hartinger is the author of many books, mostly for and about teenagers. Ge-ography Club, the first book in the Lambda Award-winning Russel Middlebrook Se-ries, has been adapted as a successful stage play and also a feature film starring Scott Bakula and Nikki Blonski. Other feature films based on Brent's work include The Starfish Scream (2014). Brent is also the co-founder of the website AfterElton.com, which was sold to Viacom/MTV in 2006. Read more by and about Brent, or contact him at www.brenthartinger.com.
 
Published September 10, 2009 by HarperTeen. 244 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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The group survives the addition of a straight girl with another kind of secret and Kevin and Russel’s growing attachment, but its undoing comes when Min, knowing that they are only a whisper away from social ostracism themselves, fights to have Brian Bund, the “unquestioned outcast” of Goodkind, ...

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Gay high school students form a small support group called the Geography Club.

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But Hartinger credibly captures high school pressure and intolerance, from the opening scene in the boys' locker room, in which Russel fears being found out, to a painful episode in which an outcast, thought to be the gay student, is humiliated in the school cafeteria.

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Teen Reads

sixteen-year-old narrator Russel Middlebrook asks himself near the climax of Brent Hartinger's debut novel, a quick-paced chronicle of the founding of a secret gay students' club at Goodkind High School.

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Common Sense Media

Even with the club, Russel is pretty much in hiding -- a traditional plight for gay characters that many modern protagonists no longer experience -- but readers will appreciate that Russel doesn't loathe himself or try to change who he is.

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Kidz World

Brent Hartinger writes about the loneliness and fear of being a gay kid in high school in the teen fiction book, Geography Club, published by Harper Collins.

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After Ellen

It seems very fashionable these days to end novels with lots of loose ends in order to create a more realistic feel, but there is realistically messy, and then there is half-finished.

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After Ellen

Who said there's no market for a book about gay teens?

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