Can't Take That Away

Salvatore, S.
High school singer songwriter Carey, out as genderqueer, dreams of getting the lead role, a typically female-gendered character, in the high school’s drama production. With the support of their new friend, Cris, to whom Carey is also attracted, Carey wins the role, but suffers harassment and bullying. Carey will not be silenced and, along with friends and the community, stands up for their rights. This contemporary novel for older students, suitable as a literature circle or independent novel, addresses challenging themes of bullying, physical harassment and assault, discrimination, and bias related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Teacher-facilitated discussions recommended.
LGBTQ, Novel
English Language Arts
  • 10-12