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The ship we built / Lexie Bean ; illustrated by Noah Grigni.

Bean, Lexie, (author.). Grigni, Noah, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library J BEA (Text) 33500013262639 New Available -
Breckenridge Public Library J BEA (Text) 33500013262647 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525554837
  • ISBN: 0525554831
  • Physical Description: 284 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Dial Books, [2020]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
A fifth-grader whose best friends walked away, whose mother is detached, and whose father does unspeakable things, copes with the help of friend Sofie and anonymous letters tied to balloons and released. Includes a list of resources related to abuse, gender, sexuality, and more.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10-14. Dial Books for Young Readers.
Grades 7-9. Dial Books for Young Readers.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2
    *Starred Review* Rowan is used to keeping secrets, but he also feels the need to talk to someone. Without anyone to listen, Rowan resorts to an unconventional coping mechanism: writing letters—each signed with a different name he is trying out at that point in time—and releasing them into the sky, tied to balloons. For example, I hope that you find this letter, and that you'll read it and won't throw it away. I have some things to tell you. I hope that's okay. I've been just feeling kind of alone. As Rowan's past and present experiences are revealed, readers discover that things are even worse than they first appear; it's not just bullying at school, or misgendering by peers, but also psychological and sexual abuse at home. In time Rowan begins to realize that maybe he doesn't need to send his secrets into a void, but can instead begin to depend on a friend at school. This heartfelt, emotionally raw narrative delicately and respectfully covers incredibly complex issues (homophobia, substance abuse, sexual abuse, racism) that many young people around the world face, compounded by Rowan's status as a trans boy. Bean's debut novel for young readers is as difficult as it is hopeful, beautifully captured through a 10-year-old voice. A remarkable and memorable book! Grades 5-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lexie Bean is a queer and trans multimedia artist from the Midwest whose work revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence, and LGBTQIA+ identity. Lexie is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and passionate about creating honest and complex trans narratives that "transition and grow" alongside them. Their writing has been featured in Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, Them, Logo's New Now Next, Bust Magazine, Autostraddle, and more. The Ship We Built is their debut novel supported with residencies at the Sundress Academy, Paragraph New York, and the Santa Cruz Bookshop.

Subject: Gender identity > Fiction.
Letters > Fiction.
Middle schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Family life > Fiction.
Sexual abuse > Fiction.
Best friends > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.

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