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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library Y THO (Text) 33500013454053 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library Y THO (Text) 33500013454061 New Checked out 10/22/2021

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  • ISBN: 9780593322819
  • ISBN: 0593322819
  • Physical Description: 300 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Dial Books, 2021.

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"A transgender teen grapples with his dreams for the future and a crush on his debate partner, all while preparing to to debate trans rights at Nationals"-- Provided by publisher.
Taking home the gold at the National Speech & Debate Tournament would not only be the pinnacle of Finch Kelly's debating career, but the perfect way to launch himself into his next chapter: college in Washington, D.C. and a history-making career as the first trans congressman. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, Finch could develop a teeny tiny crush on his very attractive, very taken, and very gay debate partner, Jonah. And that dream of college in DC? Finch hasn't exactly been accepted anywhere yet, let alone received the full-ride scholarship he'll need to make this dream a reality. Worst of all, this year's topic for Nationals: transgender rights. If he wants to cinch the gold, Finch might have to argue against his own humanity. -- adapted from jacket
Target Audience Note:
Ages 14+ Dial Books.
Grades 10-12 Dial Books.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 August #1
    *Starred Review* In order to win the National Debate Championships, Finch Kelly has to debate his own humanity. This year's topic is transgender bathroom access, and if he wants to win, Finch must argue on a national stage against his own right to use the bathroom. It's the only way he can impress Georgetown, his dream college, and kickstart his path to becoming the first out trans congressperson. But between his dad's long-term unemployment and his reporter mom's impending layoff, his family is closer to selling their belongings than sending him to college. Worse, his debate partner, Jonah Cabrera, is very cute, but he's in a relationship. Thomas' debut is achingly vulnerable, and readers will root for Finch as he explores his sexual orientation, handles his family's financial stress, and balances mental health with his political dreams. Finch finds an empathetic partner in Jonah, who advocates for and supports him every step of the way. Both are keenly attuned to the other's emotions, with Finch helping Jonah navigate anti-Asian racism and arguments with his boyfriend. Their strong connection as debate partners and friends shines brightly throughout the story, drawing the reader back to this central relationship like a lighthouse amid a stormy sea. There is no debate: Both Sides Now is a compelling, heartfelt must-read. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Transgender people > Juvenile fiction.
Debates and debating > Juvenile fiction.
Love > Juvenile fiction.
Transgender people > Fiction.
Debates and debating > Fiction.
Love > Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / School & Education / General.
Genre: Novels.
Transgender fiction.
Romance fiction.

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