Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

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"This is Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, on community radio 90.3, KZUK. I'm Gabe. Welcome to my show."

My birth name is Elizabeth, but I'm a guy. Gabe. My parents think I've gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I'm right. I've been a boy my whole life.

When you think about it, I'm like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe is my B side—not heard as often, but just as good.

It's time to let my B side play.

Winner of the 2014 Stonewall Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature.


Praise:
“Every so often a book comes along that is so sharp, so moving, so real, and so good, you want to press it into everyone's hands and say, Read this! READ THIS!”—Courtney Summers, author of Cracked Up to Be and This is Not a Test

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Probably not the best book that could be written about a teen trans man, but the only one I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The parents' reaction didn't feel quite authentic to me, and the scary ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan.Macura - LibraryThing

This is the story of Gabe/Liz, a teen born a girl but who feels most comfortable as a boy. Gabe has known this since being a small child from wanting to line up with the boys in school, etc. His best ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Kirstin Cronn-Mills is the author of Minnesota Book Award finalist The Sky Always Hears Me And the Hills Don't Mind and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. Cronn-Mills received her doctorate degree from Iowa State University and currently teaches in North Mankato, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son.

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