Soames on the Range

Paperback | February 1, 2007

byNancy Belgue

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Fifteen-year-old Cisco Soames knows he doesn’t come from a normal family. His first name is San Francisco, his younger twin sisters are called Paris and India. All are named after places his hippy parents, Delta and Rocky, visited back in the days when they were young and in love. Which they aren’t anymore—in fact, Cisco’s dad is not only moving out, he’s coming out. And now that Rocky is moving in with another man, this poses certain problems for Cisco, especially with the town bullies. Next thing he knows, Cisco’s been suspended from school for fighting, and now, in the weirdest turn of events yet for a teen who prefers to smash garlic rather than noses—he’s been accused of putting old man Patterson in a coma. To let things “cool down” just a little, Cisco is informed he’s being sent to live with an uncle he’s never met on a Rocky Mountain dude ranch in British Columbia. And the dude is a draft-dodging renegade known as “Uncle Party.” Things couldn’t get any worse, could they?

Smart, contemporary and studded with self-deprecating humour, Soames on the Range is a coming-of-age novel that speaks easily and confidently to adolescent fears and angst about family, friends, sex and, most of all, identity.

It was a family meeting with a real twist. My mother sat on the edge of her seat, legs crossed, flipping her foot up and down. My sisters, India and Paris, ten-year-old twins, slouched in a loveseat by the window, bookends with bad posture.

My father stood in the centre of the room, hands on hips, looking uncharacteristically bleary eyed and unshaven.

Have I mentioned we never have family meetings at my house?

We are not, I should add, the most normal family you’ve ever met. Family meetings are just way too Disney for us. Usually we communicate by shouting.

My name, for the record, is San Francisco Soames. Named after the city. Paris is named after a city too. India got an entire country. These are places my parents travelled to when they were young and in love.

Which they aren’t any more. —from Soames on the Range

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Fifteen-year-old Cisco Soames knows he doesn’t come from a normal family. His first name is San Francisco, his younger twin sisters are called Paris and India. All are named after places his hippy parents, Delta and Rocky, visited back in the days when they were young and in love. Which they aren’t anymore—in fact, Cisco’s dad is not o...

NANCY BELGUE graduated with a degree in English literature and went on to a publishing and advertising career. She is the author of three books of middle-grade fiction, including The Scream of the Hawk, nominated for the Silver Birch and the Diamond Willow Awards; Summer on the Run, nominated for the 2006 CLA Book of the Year for Child...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.44 × 5.45 × 0.56 inPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0002007681

ISBN - 13:9780002007689

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Cisco Soames may have once passed for your average teen. He wasn’t that into school, and couldn’t stand his younger siblings. But when Cisco’s dad announces that he’s gay, Cisco’s life begins to fall apart. He is shunned as an outcast at school and, to make things worse, he finds himself in a tricky situation which ends with him being accused of putting an old man in a coma. In one of the most confrontational books of the summer, Soames on the Range provides a first-hand account of the realities of teenagehood, and daringly plunges into the deep and uncertain waters of homosexuality.
Date published: 2007-07-05