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Prize-winning novel ‘Almost Perfect' puts you inside the life of a transgendered teen

Prize-winning novel ‘Almost Perfect' puts you inside the life of a transgendered teen
BY SUSIE WILSON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
SEX MATTERS

The American Library Association's John Newbery Medal is to young adult fiction what the Oscar is to the motion picture industry: the highest award the industry can bestow.

Clare Vanderpool's Moon Over Manifest won this year's Newbery award, and while reading about it, I found another prize-winning book for teens: Almost Perfect, by Brian Katcher. The book received the ALA's 2011 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, given to "English language books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience."

Since I'd never read a book about a transgendered teen, I decided to take the plunge. Almost Perfect is set in "the American heartland": a small Missouri town. (The author lives and works as a school librarian in the state.) Its narrator, 18-year-old Logan Witherspoon, is a junior at the town's only high school and lives in a trailer with his mom, a single parent who works as a waitress. Logan's sister goes to the state university, and Logan's mother hopes he will follow in her footsteps.

 

Class ring lost for 50 years returned by New Jerseyan

Class ring lost for 50 years returned by New Jerseyan
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Horst Adler is a 1959 graduate of Quakertown (Pa.) Community High School. Around 1960 or 1961, he gave a gold-and-onyx ring to a girl he was dating in Philadelphia. The...

Black history month in New Jersey: Local favorites of distinction

Black history month in New Jersey: Local favorites of distinction
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

As Black History Month is observed, we are rightly reading much about events and persons of distinction.

Looking to a local perspective for the...

Valentine’s Day love song that warms the heart

Valentine’s Day love song that warms the heart
BY SALLY FRIEDMAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
LIFESOUNDS

My husband and I are standing at the kitchen sink. He's scraping the dishes and I'm putting away leftovers. "Jeopardy" is playing in the background on t...

Sol Gittleman: Celebrated Tufts professor has N.J. roots

Sol Gittleman: Celebrated Tufts professor has N.J. roots
BY WARREN BOROSON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

One of the nation's outstanding teachers is Sol Gittleman, who has been on the faculty of Tufts University in Boston for 46 years. He's won all sorts of teaching ...

Chinese zodiac 2011: What is the animal for New Year?

Chinese zodiac 2011: What is the animal for New Year?

Gung Hay Fat Choy

BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Happy New Year!

No, it's not Groundhog Day again. February 3rd was the first day of the Chinese New Year 4709.

This year's holiday, the Year of the Rabbi...

Did the groundhog see his shadow in 2011?

Did the groundhog see his shadow in 2011?

Punxsutawney Phil offers hope

BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Today's meteorologists have all the finest in modern technology. They have updated equipment, the Doppler radar 5000, and there are storm c...

Atlantic City welcomes pet owners with first dog-friendly casino

Atlantic City welcomes pet owners with first dog-friendly casino
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Pet owners from New Jersey and beyond will soon be able to bring their best friend to an Atlantic City casino. On February 24, Showboat Casino Hotel will become the cit...

Super Bowl party food: Easy BBQ chicken pizza recipe

Super Bowl party food: Easy BBQ chicken pizza recipe
BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

1 (10-ounce) Italian cheese-flavored thin pizza crust

3/4 cup tomato salsa

½ cup diced jalapenos (omit if you don't want to have too ...

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