The house you pass on the way / Jacqueline Woodson.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Thirteen-year-old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline, but she took on a fiercer name. She's always been different--set apart by the tragic deaths of her grandparents in an anti-civil rights bombing, by her parents' interracial marriage, and by her family's retreat from the world. This summer she has a new reason to feel set apart--her confused longing for her friend Hazel. When cousin Trout comes to stay, she gives Staggerlee a first glimpse of her possible future selves and the world beyond childhood.
    • Notes:
      Originally published: New York : Delacorte Press, 1997. With additional material.
      Grades 6-9
      Lambda Literary Award, 1997.
    • ISBN:
      9780142417065 (pbk.)
      0142417068 (pbk.)
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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring

Fourteen-year-old Staggerlee's growing feelings for her cousin confirm her own suspicions that she might be gay. Resisting the less subtle exploration of girl meets girl and falls in love and lives happily ever after, Woodson crafts a more complex examination of gayness in the emerging adolescent in this welcome reissue of a reflective, lyrical story. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2003 November #3

The daughter of an interracial couple, 14-year-old Staggerlee is already an outsider when she wonders if she is gay, too. PW's starred review called this a "poignant tale of self-discovery," and praised Woodson's "graceful, poetic" prose. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.