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2011 Edition Cover of PARROTFISH by Ellen Wittlinger

2011 Edition Cover of PARROTFISH by Ellen Wittlinger

BOOK JACKET BLURB: Angela Katz-McNair has never felt quite right as a girl, but it’s a shock to everyone when she cuts her hair short, buys some men’s clothes, and announces she’d like to be called by a new name, Grady. Although Grady is happy about his decision to finally be true to himself, everybody else is having trouble processing the news. Grady’s parents act hurt; his sister is mortified; and his best friend, Eve, won’t acknowledge his existence. On top of that, there are more practical concerns–for instance, which locker room is he supposed to use for gym class? Grady didn’t expect his family and friends to be happy about his decision, but he also didn’t expect kids at school to be downright nasty about it. But as the victim of some cruel jokes, Grady also finds unexpected allies, including the school geek Sebastian, and Kita Charles, who’s a gorgeous senior. In a voice tinged with humor and sadness, Ellen Wittlinger explores Grady’s struggles–struggles any teen will be able to relate to.

Angela Katz-McNair has never felt quite right as a girl, but it’s a shock to everyone when she cuts her hair short, buys some men’s clothes, and announces she’d like to be called by a new name, Grady. Although Grady is happy about his decision to finally be true to himself, everybody else is having trouble processing the news. Grady’s parents act hurt; his sister is mortified; and his best friend, Eve, won’t acknowledge his existence. On top of that, there are more practical concerns–for instance, which locker room is he supposed to use for gym class? Grady didn’t expect his family and friends to be happy about his decision, but he also didn’t expect kids at school to be downright nasty about it. But as the victim of some cruel jokes, Grady also finds unexpected allies, including the school geek Sebastian, and Kita Charles, who’s a gorgeous senior. In a voice tinged with humor and sadness, Ellen Wittlinger explores Grady’s struggles–struggles any teen will be able to relate to. – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Parrotfish/Ellen-Wittlinger/9781442406216#sthash.IwVZKXJ3.dpuf

Published by Simon & Schuster, 2007, $16.99/$9.99
304 pages
Release date: July 1, 2007
ISBN: 9781416916222 (2011 REPRINT: 9781442406216)

Awards:

2008 ALA Rainbow List

2008 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

REVIEWS:

Publishers Weekly, July 16, 2007

Teenreads, July 10, 2007

Kirkus, May 20, 2010

Booklist, April 15, 2007

Archived Reviews (Posted by The New York Public Library)

INTERVIEWS:

The ALAN Review, Fall 2008

More Than Just Magic, June 29, 2012

The Hub (YALSA), August 19, 2013

RELATED ARTICLES:

The Book Horn, March 26, 2013

Examiner, April 16, 2010

AUTHOR’S WEB PRESENCE:

Author’s Website: http://www.ellenwittlinger.com/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ellen-Wittlinger/106103469420954

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Wittlinger

Teenreads: http://www.teenreads.com/authors/ellen-wittlinger

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