Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

By Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Flux, Paperback, 9780738732510, 271pp.

Publication Date: October 2012


"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.

About the Author
Kirstin Cronn-Mills is the author of Minnesota Book Award finalist The Sky Always Hears Me And the Hills Don't Mind and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. Cronn-Mills received her doctorate degree from Iowa State University and currently teaches in North Mankato, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son.