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In Other Boys, debut author Damian Alexander delivers a moving middle grade graphic memoir about his struggles with bullying, the death of his mother, and coming out.

Damian is the new kid at school, and he has a foolproof plan to avoid the bullying that's plagued him his whole childhood: he's going to stop talking. Starting on the first day seventh grade, he won't utter a
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: September 7th 2021 by First Second
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Caleb Roehrig
This was a really moving read, and while the subject matter is heavy, it’s handled with sensitivity and care for the reader. Kids who have experienced bullying or tragedy, kids who feel isolated or out of place, will feel recognized in this memoir. It celebrates finding your own path, learning to love what sets you apart, and building the courage to be who you are.
Ms. Yingling
Jul 15, 2021 rated it liked it
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In this autobiographical graphic novel, we see how difficult young Damian's life is. His mother is killed when he is a baby, so he is being raised by his grandparents, who are not well off. School is difficult, and changing schools often leads Damian to decide to not talk at all in school in the 8th grade. He is a sensitive boy, who is often told that the choices he makes are "girl" choices, and he thinks it best to fly under everyone's radar. This doesn't always
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Amy Pickett
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damian has always felt different from other boys, preferring activities like playing with dolls, reading fairy tales, and sewing to GI Joes and superhero movies. He was teased and bullied relentlessly for being “gay” and a “homo” long before he knew what those words meant. Although it’s not discussed in detail, the reader learns that Damian’s mother was murdered by his father when Damian was a small child. Now, he lives with his brother and grandmother in a small apartment. Tired of being the “d ...more
Katy Jean Vance
Jul 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an ideal middle school graphic novel: true story, brightly colored, narrator struggling to find themselves/fit in, bullies, friendship. It will be ideal for students who have read all the Raina Telgemeier’s and are looking for “older” content but aren’t quite ready for the harshness of something like Hey Kiddo.

It’s also a beautiful coming of age story for a young gay person, and it offers a critical look at traditional gender roles and the boxes we put children in. I also liked how the
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Mariela
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
An important and timely middle grade memoir of a boy who doesn't fit in because of others preconceived notions of what a boy should be like. At times, this was hard to read. His trauma and loneliness of his family situation with his mom and grandfather was exacerbated by the bullying and cruelty of his peers and adults around him. I'm pleased that it ended on a hopeful note, because I think that is important to balance with the difficult times of his life.

I received this arc from the publisher f
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Elizabeth
Damian has not had an easy childhood- with his mother dead, his father gone, and his school days filled with bullies, Damian just wants to avoid all of it. Avoiding speaking is the best plan Damian has- after all, if he doesn't talk, what could anyone make fun of him for? Unfortunately, his plan doesn't work at school or at home. At school, the kids think it is weird that he doesn't talk and at home, his extended family thinks it strange that he prefers Barbies to GI Joe. Damian's internal strug ...more
Megan Mann
Jul 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(I received an advanced copy of this on NetGalley)

We all know I love me a graphic memoir and this one was also amazing. I loved the author’s note at the end where he talks about how he could have made it JUST about his mom or JUST about his coming out or JUST about his bullying, but he needed all of those elements for it to really drive home how isolating all of that made him feel. And that he could have included his brother more BUT he wanted to most importantly show his perspective as this was
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Heather
I've been reading a lot of LGBTQ middle grade books recently, and this was the toughest read just because of the heaviness. It was a real heartbreaker, especially knowing that it's based on the writer/illustrators life. The level of bullying is more severe compared to other books I've read for this age group, but I have no doubt that it's honest and that a lot of kids in similar situations to Alexander - whether it's because of sexual orientation, different family circumstances, poverty - will r ...more
Sarah
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damian isn't like other boys. He lives with his grandparents, he wants to play with dolls, and he hates the other boys. Upon entering 7th grade, Damian is starting at a new school and decides that he just won't talk at all, that way the other kids will have no reason to pick on him. Unfortunately, this plan backfires and he becomes the target of his peers' taunting.

This middle-grade graphic memoir is raw and emotional. It tackles many difficult topics from diverse families to coming out. I also
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Rebecca
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book, memoir, was very well written. I am heartbroken at all the trauma the author had to endure to write the story, but I am grateful he did so it can help other kids who may find themselves in relatable situations. I also enjoyed the graphic novel format; it made the story easier to digest and process, and many people love GNs.
Christy
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic memoir that is insight not only into Damian’s life but the life of a middle schooler. Bright colors pop off the page and the expressions tell the story as much as the words do. This GN is not to be missed - pick one up for your personal library and all classrooms you know!
Aryssa
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. An important story, but ultimately, common and therefore I wanted something more out of this graphic memoir that I didn't get. A good addition to a shelf of LGBTQ graphic memoirs, especially focusing on the younger years, but not distinctive. ...more
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Queer content: gay MC
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Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Caleb Bollenbacher
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Damian's just the best and I can't wait to have this and so many other stories from him out in the world!! ...more
Michelle
Jul 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Adorable drawings, relatable main character, funny, and heart wrenching <3
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