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Alice Austen Lived Here

Written by Alex Gino

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Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Historical Fiction School Stories Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

From award-winning author Alex Gino comes a groundbreaking novel for children about how important the past can be those trying to create a different future. 


Alice Austen Lived Here Synopsis

Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They're nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam's family is very cool with it ... as long as Sam remembers that nonbinary kids are also required to clean their rooms, do their homework, and try not to antagonize their teachers too much. The teacher-respect thing is hard when it comes to Sam's history class, because their teacher seems to believe that only Dead Straight Cis White Men are responsible for history.

When Sam's home borough of Staten Island opens up a contest for a new statue, Sam finds the perfect non-DSCWM subject: photographer Alice Austen, whose house has been turned into a museum, and who lived with a female partner for decades.

Soon, Sam's project isn't just about winning the contest. It's about discovering a rich queer history that Sam's a part of - a queer history that no longer needs to be quiet, as long as there are kids like Sam and TJ to stand up for it.

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ISBN: 9780702316166
Publication date: 07/04/2022
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780702316166
Publication date: 7th April 2022
Author: Alex Gino
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Historical Fiction, School Stories, Personal Social Health Economic

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