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By Michael Harris

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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I dont see why I have to become this new person just because I like guys. Most of who I am has nothing to do with who I hump.

Will's never been obvious about being gay. Not like Daniel, who takes the heat -- and the beatings -- at Spencer High. But then Will's best friend outs him on Facebook, and his small-town life starts to spin out of control. If he's not like everyone else, and he's not like Daniel, then who is he?

[Fry reading level - 4.3


Commended - ALA Rainbow Project List - 2014

Commended - Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens *Starred Selection* - 2013

Commended - One of the Year's Best for 2013 - Resource Links - 2013

"Homo is a story about growing up that will strike a chord with many readers, gay or straight... Harris's writing is strong and adept; he ensures readability for the struggling reader without compromising the content of the story or quality of his prose. His writing is stark and realistic... Homo is an excellent choice for any library"

- Kimberley Bewick Resource Links

"Harris's unflinching candor gives his novel credibility, substance and even the power to potentially change lives."

- Greg Armstrong-Morris Xtra

"Harris offers queer youth an example of post-AIDS gay life, as well as a warning against taking that history too lightly."

- Quill & Quire

"Harris' book is a gritty and harrowing, but ultimately uplifting and reassuring story... Will, Daniel and Julie are deep characters, full of life and complexity."

- Rob Bittner Keen Readers

"Harris' work swiftly explores coming out and gay culture in an unflinching way that may be refreshing to readers..."

- Kirkus Reviews

"Homo will be an important book for gay and straight students alike. Although it is written for struggling readers at a 4.3 grade level, the issues it raises are critical and worthy of serious consideration by all older teenagers." Highly Recommended

- Joan Marshall CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Homo is essentially a story about a gay teenager learning to become comfortable with himself and to be more accepting of others."

- Heather Milne Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 5.1

"[Will's relationship with Riley is handled realistically, and its denouement is believeable...a quick and satisfying read."

- Michael Cart Booklist (U.S.)

"a raw, believable story of a young man who experiences too many elements of life too quickly, not taking time to think about the impact that each will have on his life. His journey is dark and dangerous, but he forges on, kind of figuring it out as he goes. This is an important story, one that needs to be told and one that needs to be experienced not only by teens who are struggling with their sexual identity but also by those in the straight community who need to find out how to lovingly support these young people in their journey."

- Elizabeth Howard, Librarian, Whites Creek High School

MICHAEL HARRIS is a magazine editor and writer. His stories have appeared in Xtra, The Walrus, and the Globe and Mail. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459401914
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459401921
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459401938
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV005000, JUV026000, JUV039190
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 14 To 18


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SideStreets Series

Edgy & realistic teen fiction

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Series features

  • Page-turning novels that engage reluctant readers
  • Presenting real-world issues in real ways
  • Award-winning, knowledgeable authors
  • Diverse characters and settings

"Sensitive and effective, these small, short books are explicitly aimed at reluctant readers." —Kirkus Reviews

"The quality of writing is excellent, and this book should be in every junior and senior- high school library...highly recommended."
—Canadian Book Review Annual

Sidestreets are edgy, fast-paced novels, that combine real-world themes and believable characters to make for short heart-stopping books - sure to engage the most reluctant reader.