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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library Y TAL (Text) 33500013291885 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library ya TAL (Text) 35500006278541 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1335146776
  • ISBN: 9781335146779
  • Physical Description: 377 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Inkyard Press, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
"It's summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can't be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy's only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk--until she's matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything. Sharon Hakwins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others--like helping her gay brother hide the turth from their mom--and the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they'll stand for--and who they'll rise against."--Jacket.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    Seventeen-year-olds Sharon and Tammy, who live in San Francisco, and Orange County, California, respectively, are pen pals, thanks to a statewide writing project. Their letters form the substance of this almost epistolary novel. "Almost" because whenever the girls want to share something too intimate for their letters, they resort to writing in a diary (Sharon) or in unsent letters to gay politician Harvey Milk (Tammy). Both girls harbor secrets: Sharon's older brother is secretly gay, while Tammy is a deeply closeted lesbian. When she is inadvertently outed, Tammy flees conservative Orange County and winds up unbidden on Sharon's doorstep. In the meantime, Sharon, having always felt she didn't fit in, begins to find herself in punk music and a feminist bookstore, where Tammy also becomes a fixture as the girls' relationship gradually evolves beyond the easy friendship of their letters. Set in 1977, the novel does a fine job of capturing the LGBTQ+ milieu of the time, the difficulties of coming out, and, especially, the politics that drove early efforts at gay rights. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    Seventeen-year-olds Sharon and Tammy, who live in San Francisco, and Orange County, California, respectively, are pen pals, thanks to a statewide writing project. Their letters form the substance of this almost epistolary novel. "Almost" because whenever the girls want to share something too intimate for their letters, they resort to writing in a diary (Sharon) or in unsent letters to gay politician Harvey Milk (Tammy). Both girls harbor secrets: Sharon's older brother is secretly gay, while Tammy is a deeply closeted lesbian. When she is inadvertently outed, Tammy flees conservative Orange County and winds up unbidden on Sharon's doorstep. In the meantime, Sharon, having always felt she didn't fit in, begins to find herself in punk music and a feminist bookstore, where Tammy also becomes a fixture as the girls' relationship gradually evolves beyond the easy friendship of their letters. Set in 1977, the novel does a fine job of capturing the LGBTQ+ milieu of the time, the difficulties of coming out, and, especially, the politics that drove early efforts at gay rights. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Gay teenagers > Juvenile fiction.
Pen pals > Juvenile fiction.
Secrecy > Juvenile fiction.
Punk rock music > Juvenile fiction.
Homophobia > Juvenile fiction.
San Francisco (Calif.) > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Historical fiction.

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