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Flamer

By Mike Curato and Mike Curato
Flamer by Mike Curato and Mike Curato digital book - Fable

Publisher 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.

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“I read this solely because I saw it was being banned in my local school system. I had no idea what it was about and had never considered it as a read before. After finishing it today, I knew it was worth keeping on shelves. Aiden Navarro knew he wasn't gay because he didn't like boys. Gay boys like other boys. He hates boys. They’re mean, and scary, and they’re always destroying something or saying something dumb or both. But while spending the summer before high school at camp, he learns more about himself than he ever knew. As a librarian, so many things get removed from circulation for a variety of reasons. However, this is a wonderful book that describes the experience of coming out as gay in a classically conservative culture. I know many individuals who were either scouts, Catholic, or both. All of them would love this book and probably would have read it in school if given the chance.”

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