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Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg
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Out of the Pocket
Bill Konigsberg
Dutton Juvenile (272)
Drama/ Social Issues
Bill Konigsberg’s Out of the Pocket is a powerful Young Adult novel that addresses the bigotry and homophobic nature of both the sports world and the high school environment. Bobby Framingham faces numerous obstacles; football stars aren’t supposed to be homosexual. Bobby’s personal life is big-media news when he is unwillingly outed by an ambitious muckraking school journalist. Out of the Pocket addresses very real social issues while maintaining its readability. Konigsberg portrayal of Bobby is very convincing and exposes the many misinformed stereotypes surrounding homosexuality. Although the novel is rather controversial, Out of the Pocket deserves to be taught in schools everywhere. High school students will learn to second-guess preconceived notions and shallow assumptions about their classmates. Konigsberg’s Out of the Pocket is a must read for anyone desiring a readable, yet socially-involved account of the struggles faced by students existing in the high school world.

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