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2018 Nominee

A Boy Named Queen

By Sara Cassidy. Published in 2016 by Groundwood Books

Despite being called A Boy Named Queen, this charming story is actually about a girl named Evelyn and her journey towards self-discovery. Evelyn lives with her parents in an extraordinarily structured life. On the last day of every summer vacation, the family dutifully scrubs the entire house and puts away all remaining vestiges of summer. They then go to buy Evelyn her new, practical loafers for the school year. Evelyn is careful and precise. She speaks quietly and enjoys math because “numbers always act as they should.” Her mother has told her to keep a damper on her imagination, and her fond wish for her daughter is that Evelyn becomes a government office worker. Into this sterile world bursts Queen. He is confident and witty, creative and quirky. Evelyn is drawn to his carefree spirit, and the two begin a friendship on their daily walk home from school.

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20 thoughts on “A Boy Named Queen

  1. Grande Cache Municipal Library

    that he was a boy and his name was queen and the girl only invited queen.and he dident care if people talked about him.

  2. Grande Cache Municipal Library

    this book was so nice. thought the boy was gonna be really popular. but the book caught me by surprise.

  3. Grande Cache Municipal Library

    i thought about the party and the rock star band also it was a nice book I thought it was about friends.

  4. Grande Cache Municipal Library

    I thought it was cool there was a lot of different things that caught me off guard. Like the time when he asked for one for the pet rescue and ukulele

  5. Wildwood Elementary

    I think this book is cute short story. I would give it a 10/10 if the story was longer but since it isn’t I will give it an 8/10. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes short reads.

  6. Springbank Middle School

    This is a good book that shows how people can be different and how that should not matter to anyone else. Demetri


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