Am I Blue?: Coming Out From The Silence

Paperback | April 15, 1995

byMarion Dane Bauer

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Original stories by C. S. Adler, Marion Dane Bauer, Francesca Lia Block, Bruce Coville, Nancy Garden, James Cross Giblin, Ellen Howard, M. E. Kerr, Jonathan London, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Lesléa Newman, Cristina Salat, William Sleator, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jane Yolen

Each of these stories is original, each is by a noted author for young adults, and each honestly portrays its subject and theme--growing up gay or lesbian, or with gay or lesbian parents or friends.

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This critically acclaimed, first-ever collection of original stories devoted to the topic of growing up gay or lesbian, or with gay or lesbian parents or friends, features works by Marion Dane Bauer, Lois Lowry, Francesca Lia Block, Bruce Coville, James Cross Giblin, M.E. Kerr, William Sleaton, Jane Yolen, and eight others.

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Original stories by C. S. Adler, Marion Dane Bauer, Francesca Lia Block, Bruce Coville, Nancy Garden, James Cross Giblin, Ellen Howard, M. E. Kerr, Jonathan London, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Lesléa Newman, Cristina Salat, William Sleator, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jane Yolen Each of these stories is original, each is by a noted author...

Marion Dane Bauer was awarded a Newbery Honor in 1987 for her book On My Honor. She has been publishing award-winning books since 1976, including Rain of Fire, which received the 1984 Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the 1993 ALA Notable Children's Book What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction.She conceived of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.72 inPublished:April 15, 1995Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064405877

ISBN - 13:9780064405874

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12

Customer Reviews of Am I Blue?: Coming Out From The Silence

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Courtesy of TeensReadToo.com Written over ten years ago, AM I BLUE? is still as important today as it was then. A short-story collection dealing with GLBT (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender) issues by some of 1995's top authors, this book is a true gem for teens searching for their identity-- or just looking for a good read. With stories ranging from contemporary paranormal, to ones set in the 1950's, to one based during the Vietnam War, and even one in another world of Amazon warriors, there's something here for everyone. Stories include: AM I BLUE? by Bruce Coville WE MIGHT AS WELL ALL BE STRANGERS by M. E. Kerr WINNIE AND TOMMY by Francesca Lia Block SLIPPING AWAY by Jacqueline Woodson THE HONORARY SHEPHERDS by Gregory Maguire RUNNING by Ellen Howard THREE MONDAYS IN JULY by James Cross Giblin PARENTS' NIGHT by Nancy Garden MICHAEL'S LITTLE SISTER by C. S. Adler SUPPER by Leslea Newman HOLDING by Lois Lowry BLOOD SISTER by Jane Yolen HANDS by Jonathan London 50% CHANCE OF LIGHTNING by Cristina Salat IN THE TUNNELS by William Sleator DANCING BACKWARDS by Marion Dane Bauer It's hard to pick a favorite from this collection, as each story has something different to offer. From allowing everyone in the world to see who is gay, to wondering what it would have been like to have two gay shepherds at the birth of Christ, to manning a booth about gays and lesbians at a school parents' night, each short story has an engaging story to tell. The only thing that would make this book better is to have a part two--another AM I BLUE? published in 2006 with some of today's best GLBT authors like Julie Anne Peters, Brent Hartinger, David Levithan, and more.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Purpose Beyond Entertainment "Am I Blue" was the first gay themed book I had ever read. I read it during the first portion of my coming out experience. It took me four hours to read--which was surprisingly quick--because I could not put it down. If one needs to laugh or cry or just enjoy a good book, "Am I Blue" is among the best. The title derives from a story about a young gay boy who is having difficulties with a bully at his school. One night, his fairy god father appears and tells the boy he will make everyone who is even the slightest bit homosexual look blue. The next day, the boy finds out that some of his friends and teachers have light dabs of blue, while the "old-maid-who-has-to-be-a-dyke" librarian has not one shade of blue. The bully, and this is the best part, is completely blue. After this comes about, he may be a little red. This delightful short story and others deal with many important issues such as stereotypes, race, age, religion and even prom. I don't know how much we can rely on strangers, but believe me, this is a wonderful literary experience. The best part is that you don't have to be gay to appreciate it.
Date published: 2001-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Am I Blue? Oh, My God!!!!! This is an amazing book. I highly recommend it for anybody who is struggling to come to terms with a gay friend, parent, relative...especially themselves. I loved all the stories, and although I couldn't always relate to the family situations etc. of the characters, I felt that the stories were somehow aimed at me, and I felt almost close to the (often) fictional characters. It helped me realize that there are so many others in my position,who I am is nothing to be worried or ashamed about, and that I am who I am, and nothing will change that. So if you're having trouble understanding someone you're close to - or even yourself, or just want a good read, don't hesitate to pick a copy of this fabulous book.
Date published: 1999-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Am I Blue? Oh, My God!!!!! This is an amazing book. I highly reccomend it for anybody who is struggling to come to terms with a gay friend, parent, relative...especially themselves. I loved all the stories, and although I couldn't always relate to the family situations etc. of the characters, I felt that the stories were somehow aimed at me, and I felt almost close to the (often) fictional characters. It helped me realize that there are so many others in my position,who I am is nothing to be worried or ashamed about, and that I am who I am, and nothing will change that. So if you're having trouble understanding someone you're close to- or even yourself- or just want a good read, don't hesitate to pick a copy of this fabulous book.
Date published: 1999-07-06

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From Our Editors

This critically acclaimed, first-ever collection of original stories devoted to the topic of growing up gay or lesbian, or with gay or lesbian parents or friends, features works by Marion Dane Bauer, Lois Lowry, Francesca Lia Block, Bruce Coville, James Cross Giblin, M.E. Kerr, William Sleaton, Jane Yolen, and eight others.

Editorial Reviews

"Am I Blue? is a brave, new spaceship of short stories about love and loving. A millennium work, on the journey to glimpse our full humanity." (Paul Zindel)