Flamer (Paperback)

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By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
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"I know I’m not gay. Gay boys like other boys. I hate boys. They’re mean, and scary, and they’re always destroying something or saying something dumb or both."  That is just one of the passages from Flamer that just broke my heart in half.  This graphic novel is loosely based on the author's childhood camp experiences of being the target of racism, homophobia, and his own self-loathing.  Parts of it are super gross because most 14 year old boys are super gross a lot of the time.  (Well, they are.)  Aiden Navarro's journey to self-acceptance is raw and realistic and beautifully illustrated by the author.  

— From Kelly

Description


Award-winning author and artist Mike Curato draws on his own experiences in Flamer, his debut graphic novel, telling a difficult story with humor, compassion, and love.

"This book will save lives." —Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of National Book Award Finalist Hey, Kiddo
I know I’m not gay. Gay boys like other boys. I hate boys. They’re mean, and scary, and they’re always destroying something or saying something dumb or both.

I hate that word. Gay. It makes me feel . . . unsafe.

It's the summer between middle school and high school, and Aiden Navarro is away at camp. Everyone's going through changes—but for Aiden, the stakes feel higher. As he navigates friendships, deals with bullies, and spends time with Elias (a boy he can't stop thinking about), he finds himself on a path of self-discovery and acceptance.

About the Author


Mike Curato has the fortune of possessing a designer’s brain, an illustrator’s heart, and an artist’s vision. You can find him on any given day walking around the city eating a cupcake (or thinking about it). He is the author and illustrator of Little Elliot, Big City.

Mike Curato has the fortune of possessing a designer’s brain, an illustrator’s heart, and an artist’s vision. You can find him on any given day walking around the city eating a cupcake (or thinking about it). He is the author and illustrator of Little Elliot, Big City.

Praise For…


"This book will save lives." —Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of National Book Award Finalist Hey, Kiddo

"This is a story that will be read and reread, and for some, it will be the defining book of their adolescence." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Emotional and raw." —Publishers Weekly



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250756145
ISBN-10: 1250756146
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 368