The ship we built / Lexie Bean ; illustrated by Noah Grigni.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: A fifth-grader whose best friends walked away, whose mother is detached, and whose father does unspeakable things, copes with the help of friend Sofie and anonymous letters tied to balloons and released. Includes a list of resources related to abuse, gender, sexuality, and more.
    • Notes:
      Ages 10-14. Dial Books for Young Readers.
      Grades 7-9. Dial Books for Young Readers.
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BEAN, L.; GRIGNI, N. The ship we built. [s. l.]: Dial Books, 2020. ISBN 9780525554837. Disponível em: Acesso em: 23 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Bean L, Grigni N. The Ship We Built. Dial Books; 2020. Accessed September 23, 2020.
    • APA:
      Bean, L., & Grigni, N. (2020). The ship we built. Dial Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Bean, Lexie, and Noah Grigni. 2020. The Ship We Built. Dial Books.
    • Harvard:
      Bean, L. and Grigni, N. (2020) The ship we built. Dial Books. Available at: (Accessed: 23 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Bean, L & Grigni, N 2020, The ship we built, Dial Books, viewed 23 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Bean, Lexie, and Noah Grigni. The Ship We Built. Dial Books, 2020. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Bean, Lexie, and Noah Grigni. The Ship We Built. Dial Books, 2020.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bean L, Grigni N. The ship we built [Internet]. Dial Books; 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 23]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2

*Starred Review* Rowan is used to keeping secrets, but he also feels the need to talk to someone. Without anyone to listen, Rowan resorts to an unconventional coping mechanism: writing letters—each signed with a different name he is trying out at that point in time—and releasing them into the sky, tied to balloons. For example, I hope that you find this letter, and that you'll read it and won't throw it away. I have some things to tell you. I hope that's okay. I've been just feeling kind of alone. As Rowan's past and present experiences are revealed, readers discover that things are even worse than they first appear; it's not just bullying at school, or misgendering by peers, but also psychological and sexual abuse at home. In time Rowan begins to realize that maybe he doesn't need to send his secrets into a void, but can instead begin to depend on a friend at school. This heartfelt, emotionally raw narrative delicately and respectfully covers incredibly complex issues (homophobia, substance abuse, sexual abuse, racism) that many young people around the world face, compounded by Rowan's status as a trans boy. Bean's debut novel for young readers is as difficult as it is hopeful, beautifully captured through a 10-year-old voice. A remarkable and memorable book! Grades 5-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.