Far from Xanadu

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sep 15, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
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In this fresh, poignant novel, Mike is struggling to come to terms with her father's suicide and her mother's detachment from the family. Mike (real name: Mary Elizabeth) is gay and likes to pump iron, play softball, and fix plumbing. When a glamorous new girl, Xanadu, arrives in Mike's small Kansas town, Mike falls in love at first sight. Xanadu is everything Mike is not -- cool, confident, feminine, sexy.... straight.

Julie Anne Peters has written a heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful novel that will speak to anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone who can't love them back.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Excellent characterization makes this piece shine. Mike's in her third year of high school in the town where she's always lived. When gorgeous Xanadu arrives (sent from the city for dealing drugs that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lydia - Goodreads

An excellent LGBT book in terms of writing. The character development and description is not nearly what I wanted to truly have an image of the characters. However, the topic is explicit; the ... Read full review


Chapter Four
Chapter Seven
Chapter Nine
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter TwentyThree
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About the author (2008)

Julie Anne Peters was born in Jamestown, New York, but moved to Colorado at age five. Ms. Peters earned two college degrees (B.A. in Education and a B.S. in Computer Science) before becoming a writer of Young Adult Fiction. She still lives in Colorado. Her latest novel is entitled, By the Time You Read This, I'll be Dead.

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