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Playing a Part - by Daria Wilke & Marian Schwartz (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 176

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Age Range: 9-12 years

Book theme: Bullying

Author: Daria Wilke & Marian Schwartz

Language: English

Street Date: March 31, 2015
TCIN: 77264962
UPC: 9780545726078
Item Number (DPCI): 247-53-3231


In June 2013, the Russian government passed laws prohibiting "gay propaganda," threatening jail time and fines to offenders. That same month, in spite of these harsh laws, a Russian publisher released PLAYING A PART, a young adult novel with openly gay characters. It was a brave, bold act, and now this groundbreaking story has been translated for American readers.In PLAYING A PART, Grisha adores everything about the Moscow puppet theater where his parents work, and spends as much time there as he can. But life outside the theater is not so wonderful. The boys in Grisha's class bully him mercilessly, and his own grandfather says hateful things about how he's not "masculine" enough. Life goes from bad to worse when Grisha learns that Sam, his favorite actor and mentor, is moving: He's leaving the country to escape the extreme homophobia he faces in Russia.How Grisha overcomes these trials and writes himself a new role in his own story is heartfelt, courageous, and hopeful.
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