How Beautiful The Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity by Michael CartHow Beautiful The Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity by Michael Cart

How Beautiful The Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity

byMichael Cart

Hardcover | October 6, 2009

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A girl thought to be a boy steals her sister's skirt, while a boy thought to be a girl refuses to wear a cornflower blue dress. One boy's love of a soldier leads to the death of a stranger. The present takes a bittersweet journey into the past when a man revisits the summer school where he had "an accidental romance." And a forgotten mother writes a poignant letter to the teenage daughter she hasn't seen for fourteen years.

Poised between the past and the future are the stories of now. In nontraditional narratives, short stories, and brief graphics, tales of anticipation and regret, eagerness and confusion present distinctively modern views of love, sexuality, and gender identification. Together, they reflect the vibrant possibilities available for young people learning to love others—and themselves—in today's multifaceted and quickly changing world.

Michael Cart is a writer, a lecturer, a consultant, and a nationally recognized expert in YA literature. He is the former director of the Beverly Hills (California) Public Library and a past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association, and his column "Carte Blanche" appears monthly inBooklistmagazine.He is the author or e...
Title:How Beautiful The Ordinary: Twelve Stories of IdentityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 1.19 inPublished:October 6, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061154989

ISBN - 13:9780061154980

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really worth a read I feel like there is something for everyone in this book - it's an anthology that really runs the gamut. If you're here for old fashioned prose, poetry, chat room format, comic strips, letter format... there's such a variety. Furthermore, this isn't one of those awful LGBTQ book collections where everyone winds up dead and miserable. Fancy that, people can be LGBTQ+ AND happy. Fancy that. For me, my personal favourite is easily Gregory Maguire's "Silk Road". It's a lovely novella, and I bought the book mostly so I could have my own copy.
Date published: 2017-06-06