How Beautiful the Ordinary by Michael Cart
Twelve Stories of Identity

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A girl thought to be a boy steals her sister's skirt, while a boy thought to be a girl refuses to wear a cornflower blue dress. One boy's love of a soldier leads to the death of a stranger. The present takes a bittersweet journey into the past when a man revisits the summer school where he had "an accidental romance." And a forgotten mother writes a poignant letter to the teenage daughter she hasn't seen for fourteen years.

Poised between the past and the future are the stories of now. In nontraditional narratives, short stories, and brief graphics, tales of anticipation and regret, eagerness and confusion present distinctively modern views of love, sexuality, and gender identification. Together, they reflect the vibrant possibilities available for young people learning to love others—and themselves—in today's multifaceted and quickly changing world.


About Michael Cart

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Past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association, Michael Cart is a columnist and reviewer for "Booklist" magazine. He is also the author or editor of nineteen books, including the gay coming-of-age novel "My Father's Scar" and?with Christine Jenkins?"The Heart Has Its Reasons", a critical history of young adult literature with gay/lesbian/queer content. His anthologies include "Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth" and "Necessary Noise: Stories about Our Families as They Really Are".In 2008 he was the first recipient of the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Achievement Award, and in 2000 he received the Grolier Foundation Award for his contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by young people. Mr. Cart lives in Columbus, Indiana.
Published September 23, 2009 by HarperTeen. 372 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Twelve renowned authors, some of whom contributed to the classic YA collection Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence, use diverse points of view, settings and characters to bring readers stories of sexual and gender identity.

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