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by | Read by Kevin R. Free

Young Adult Ages 12+ • 7.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2023

Kevin R. Free offers a nuanced and heartfelt narration of this story about small-town politics, identity, and true friendship. Sixteen-year-old Barclay Elliot, captain of a small-town Georgia basketball team, always regretted not telling his grandfather, Scratch, that he is gay. Now, a month after Scratch's death, Barclay comes out to his entire community during the season's first pep rally. Free captures the ups and downs of Barclay's journey--from the exhilaration of his decision to come out to his bitter rage when he is rejected and bullied by many he considered friends. Free is in his element as he deftly portrays Barclay's growth, spurred on by his loving and loyal friend group. A sensitively narrated story that charms, outrages, and ultimately inspires. S.A.H. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2023]

Trade Ed. • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2023

DD ISBN 9781797157917 $17.99

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