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Friday, December 23, 2005

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Geography Club by Brent Hartinger is a recently banned young adult novel dealing with homosexual teenagers, identity, and the often severe social order of high schools. Russel feels his "secret" isolates him from even his closest friends and is surprised to learn, through various connections (internet and otherwise) that there are several other gay students in his school. These students are initially delighted to be able to talk freely with their peers and form a club, christened the Geography Club in order to sound boring enough to keep others away. I think all high schoolers feel themselves to be alone and misunderstood at times and could relate to the story, which is unflinching in its depictions of friendships, betrayals, young lust, and bullying. For related information, visit the author's blog or read the interview conducted by Cynthia Leitich Smith.


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