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Cover of SO HARD TO SAY by Alex Sanchez

Cover of SO HARD TO SAY by Alex Sanchez

BOOK JACKET BLURB: Thirteen-year-old Xio, a Mexican American girl, and Frederick, who has just moved to California from Wisconsin, quickly become close friends, but when Xio starts thinking of Frederick as her boyfriend, he must confront his feelings of confusion and face the fear that he might be gay. Frederick is the shy new boy, and Xio is the bubbly chica who lends him a pen on the first day of class. They become fast friends — but when Xio decides she wants to be more than friends, Frederick isn’t so sure. He loves hanging out with Xio and her crew, but he doesn’t like her that way. Instead he finds himself thinking more and more about Victor, the captain of the soccer team. But does that mean Frederick’s gay? He hopes not — he sees how everyone makes fun of Iggy, a boy all the other kids think is gay. Frederick has to deal with some tough choices: Even though he is curious about Iggy, he just started fitting in at his new school, and he doesn’t want to lose Xio, his best friend. In So Hard to Say, Alex Sanchez, acclaimed author of the groundbreaking novels Rainbow High and Rainbow Boys, of which School Library Journal said, “It can open eyes and change lives,” helps younger readers look at self-discovery, come to terms with being gay, and accept people who are different from them.

Published by Simon & Schuster, 2004, $14.95
230 pages
Release date: September 1, 2004
ISBN:  9780689865640

Awards:

2004 Lambda Literary Award

REVIEWS:

Publishers Weekly, November 1, 2004

Kirkus, October 15, 2004

School Library Journal, November 1, 2004

Booklist, September 15, 2004

Archived Reviews (Posted by The New York Public Library)

INTERVIEWS:

Malinda Lo, June 6, 2012

Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, April 2005 (JSTOR)

The ALAN Review, Fall 2002 (by Toby Emert)

Oasis, February 7, 2007

School Library Journal, September 28, 2009

AUTHOR’S WEB PRESENCE:

Author’s Website: http://www.alexsanchez.com/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_S%C3%A1nchez_%28author%29

Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency: http://www.miriamaltshulerliteraryagency.com/alex-sanchez/

IMBd: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2128319/filmotype

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoralexsanchez?rf=109391982421150

Photo of Alex Sanchez

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