Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
By Kirstin Cronn-Mills
(Flux, Paperback, 9780738732510, 271pp.)
Publication Date: October 2012
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"This is Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, on community radio 90.3, KZUK. I'm Gabe. Welcome to my show."
My birth name is Elizabeth, but I'm a guy. Gabe. My parents think I've gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I'm right. I've been a boy my whole life.
When you think about it, I'm like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe is my B side--not heard as often, but just as good.
It's time to let my B side play.
Winner of the 2014 Stonewall Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature.
Praise: "Every so often a book comes along that is so sharp, so moving, so real, and so good, you want to press it into everyone's hands and say, Read this READ THIS "--Courtney Summers, author of Cracked Up to Be and This is Not a Test