2008 Edition Cover of WHAT'S IN A NAME by Ellen Wittlinger

2008 Edition Cover of WHAT’S IN A NAME by Ellen Wittlinger

BOOK JACKET BLURB: What’s really going on here? There’s something brewing in the town of Scrub Harbor and it’s not just about changing the name from Scrub Harbor to Folly Bay. O’Neill has a secret. Adam is starting over. Christine has a crush. Gretchen has a cause. You’ll get an earful getting to know them! Each of ten teenagers living in Scrub Harbor, Massachusetts, explores his or her identity at the same time that the local residents consider changing the name of their town.

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 S&S/Simon Pulse, 2001, $9.99
192 pages
Release date: November 1, 2001
ISBN: 9780689845321 / 9780689825514 / 9781416984825
Editor: David Gale

Agent: Ginger Knowlton /
Curtis Brown, Ltd.


2001 Massachusetts Book Award (Children’s / Young Adult Literature)


Publishers Weekly, February 28, 2000

Kirkus, May 20, 2010

Booklist, January 1, 2000

Archived Reviews (Posted by The New York Public Library)


Cynthia Leitich Smith


Examiner, April 16, 2010


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

Photo of Ellen Wittlinger

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