Geography Club


Author: Brent Hartinger

Title: Geography Club

Genre: LGBTQ

Publication Date: 2003

Number of Pages: 226

Geographical Setting: Robert L. Goodkind High School

Time Period: Present Day

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Russel Middlebrook thinks that he is the only gay person in his high school. It is not long when he discovers there are a lot more people that he never had expected. Russel finds out that his best friend, Min, and the most popular boy at school, Kevin, are also gay.  The group of gay and lesbian teenagers, who do not think they have anything in common, finds mutual support when they form the “Geography Club” at their high school.

Subject Headings: schools, homosexuality, fiction, clubs, high schools

Appeal: compelling, easy, fast-paced, steady, engaging, familiar, inspiring, intriguing, lifelike, realistic, recognizable, character-centered, complex, gentle, issue-oriented, thought-provoking, dramatic, hopeful, romantic, thoughtful, well-crafted

3 terms that best describes the book: hopeful, realistic, issue-oriented

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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. Takes place in a high school friends who are straight and gay alike hang out and help each other with their relationship problems.

Tale of Two Summers by Brian Sloan. The two best friends in this story grow closer together by communicating about relationships of the summer and their relationship since one of the friends came out.

Band Fags! By Frank Anthony Polito. Two friends go through high school and talk about their relationship and things such as guys and girls that they have crushes on. They learn that even though they want to be “normal,” they will one day have to choose how they want to live.

Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Lesbians and Gays and Sports (Issues in Lesbian and Gay Life) by Perry Deane Young. This Book talks about sports and the reaction that happens for those who are lesbian or gay and play sports.

The New Gay Teenager (Adolescent Lives) by Ritch C. Savin-Williams. This book talks about how adolescents of today deal with their homosexuality.

A Family and Friends Guide to Sexual Orientation: Bridging the Divide between Gay and Straight by Bob Powers & Alan Ellis.  This book is a guide to how to deal when a loved one comes out.

Name: Emily


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