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Afoot on St. Croix by Rebecca M. Hale
An Armadillo in Paris by Julie Kraulis
The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2 by Linda Sunshine
Aw Yeah Comics! And... Action! by Art Baltazar
The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf
Clive Eats Alligators by Alison Lester
Clockwork Game by Jane Irwin
Eliot Porter: In the Realm of Nature by Paul Mortineau and Michael Brune
Explorer: The Hidden Doors by Kazu Kibuishi
Freak Show by James St. James
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Kosher Nation by Sue Fishkoff
Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager
Mog's Christmas by Judith Kerr
Murder under Cover by Kate Carlisle
My Little Round House by Bolormaa Baasansuren
Reading a Japanese Film: Cinema in Context by Keiko I. McDonald
The Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope
Scored by Lauren McLaughlin
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
Teacher by Sylvia Ashton-Warner
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince
Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park
Zoobiquity by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Freak Show

Freak Show: 01/11/15

cover artFreak Show by James St. James is about a gay teenager with a unique fashion sense, being relocated from a liberal eastern seaboard school to a hyper-conservative prep-school in Florida.

Billy Bloom, the protagonist, narrates in a first person, stream of consciousness that's similar to many a tween or YA book featuring a young woman looking for first love and greater freedom from her over protective or overly weird parents.

Bill though, being (or trying to be) as out and proud as as he is, where he is, runs the threat of personal harm that usually doesn't appear in the female heterosexual YA books (even though that danger does exist in real life). Of the ones I've read, Behaving Like Adults by Anna Maxted, albeit an adult book, comes closet to being an equivalent.

That said, I found the tone somewhat jarring. It never really settled on either being a comedy or a drama. Nor did it balance the two swings of the pendulum to be a dramady.

 

 

Three stars

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