Nomination: When I First Knew

2000149925Alden, Joan. When I First Knew. 2016. 172p. Dog Ear Publishing. $12.95 (978-1457542497). Gr. 7-up.

This creative memoir spans six years in the life of tomboy Abigail Ann Harper, growing up in 1950s Detroit. Abby’s journey of self discovery, as she struggles against gender stereotypes, a controlling mother and her constant sense of being different is painful and honest. An inspiring story of a strong girl beginning to recognize and accept her emerging identity as a lesbian.

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