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Dodger Boy

by Sarah Ellis

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adolescence, friendship, lgbt
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In 1970 Vancouver, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and her best friend, Dawn, are keen to avoid the pitfalls of adolescence. Couldn’t they just skip teenhood altogether, along with its annoying behaviors – showing off just because you have a boyfriend, obsessing about marriage and a ring and matching dining-room furniture? Couldn’t one just learn about life from Jane Austen and spend the days eating breakfast at noon, watching “People in Conflict,” and thrift-store shopping for cool castoffs to tie-dye for the upcoming outdoor hippie music festival?

But life becomes more complicated when the girls meet a Texan draft dodger who comes to live with Charlotte’s Quaker family. Tom Ed expands Charlotte’s horizons as they discuss everything from war to civil disobedience to women’s liberation. Grappling with exhilarating and disturbing new ideas, faced with a censorship challenge to her beloved English teacher and trying to decode the charismatic draft dodger himself, Charlotte finds it harder and harder to stick to her unteen philosophy, and to see eye to eye with Dawn.

About the Author
Sarah Ellis has written more than twenty novels and picture books for young readers. Her many honors include the Governor General's Award, the Mr. Christie Book Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize, and the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work. Written from her insightful memories of her own childhood and keen observations of the world around her, Ellis' stories masterfully reflect her readers' own experiences. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Contributor Notes

SARAH ELLIS is a celebrated author, teacher and children’s literature expert. She has written more than twenty books across the genres, and her books have been translated into French, Spanish, Danish, Chinese and Japanese. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award (Pick-Up Sticks), the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (Odd Man Out) and the Sheila Egoff Award. Her first novel, The Baby Project, remains a children’s classic, still in print more than thirty years after publication.

Sarah is a masthead reviewer for the Horn Book Magazine, and she is a former faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Reading age:
10 to 14
Editorial Reviews

Scintillating prose, rich dialogue, and charming characterizations mark a novel that straddles the boundary between middle-grade and YA. . . . [W]hipsmart . . .

— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Ellis’s draft dodger novel is crisp, funny, smart and wonderfully well put together – an example of all that writing for the young can be.

— Toronto Star

[Charlotte] proves to be a deeply introspective and likable protagonist, offering up insights that cut right to the heart of the coming-of-age experience. . . . A unique piece of historical fiction that packs a punch.

— School Library Journal

For Dodger Boy
Scintillating prose, rich dialogue, and charming characterizations mark a novel that straddles the boundary between middle-grade and YA. . . . [W]hipsmart . . . Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
Ellis’s draft dodger novel is crisp, funny, smart and wonderfully well put together – an example of all that writing for the young can be. Toronto Star
[Charlotte] proves to be a deeply introspective and likable protagonist, offering up insights that cut right to the heart of the coming-of-age experience. . . . A unique piece of historical fiction that packs a punch. School Library Journal

For Pick-up Sticks, winner, Governor General’s Award
“… the kind of unique, well-rounded personalities readers expect from this fine Canadian author.” — Kirkus, starred review

For Out of the Blue, finalist, Governor General’s Award
“Ellis creates well-developed characters, not only believable but wholly likable; her deft use of wit is delightful.” — Kirkus

For The Several Lives of Orphan Jack, finalist, Governor General’s Award
“Ellis has created a small gem here, with messages about following your heart tucked into the sentences, phrases, thoughts, and ideas that she seamlessly weaves together.” — Booklist

For Outside In
* “Appealing and provocative, this challenges readers to assess their own lives, bringing up compelling issues as wide-ranging as the ills of consumerism and the obligations of friendship.” — Booklist, starred review
* “More than a thoughtful ode to found family, this slim, sweet novel challenges readers to look anew at the ones they have.” — Kirkus, starred review
“Ellis is simultaneously a knotty and substantive writer and one with a light, conversational style …”— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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