Published by Candlewick Press
Series: Fat Angie
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (March 5, 2019)
Praise for FAT ANGIE: REBEL GIRL REVOLUTION
Fortunately and refreshingly, the text gives Angie no weight-loss arc…A welcomingly awkward, offbeat journey for a “gay-girl gay” girl with many heartaches. ―Kirkus ReviewsIn this companion to the Stonewall Award–winning Fat Angie, Angie’s girlfriend has moved away, Angie is constantly bullied as she starts as a sophomore after repeating her freshman year, her mother still can’t stand her, and her former best friend, Jamboree, is back in town…it’s still good to see Angie, a very human combination of neuroses, fears, truths, and desires, break through some of her defenses and take risks, from singing to loving. ―Publishers Weekly
More trouble at school and at home — and the discovery of a missive from her late soldier sister — send Angie and a long-ago friend on an RV road trip across Ohio.
Sophomore year has just begun, and Angie is miserable. Her girlfriend, KC, has moved away; her good friend, Jake, is keeping his distance; and the resident bully has ramped up an increasingly vicious and targeted campaign to humiliate her. An over-the-top statue dedication planned for her sister, who died in Iraq, is almost too much to bear, and it doesn’t help that her mother has placed a symbolic empty urn on their mantel. At the ceremony, a soldier hands Angie a final letter from her sister, including a list of places she wanted the two of them to visit when she got home from the war. With her mother threatening to send Angie to a “treatment center” and the situation at school becoming violent, Angie enlists the help of her estranged childhood friend, Jamboree. Along with a few other outsiders, they pack into an RV and head across the state on the road trip Angie’s sister did not live to take. It might be just what Angie needs to find a way to let her sister go, and find herself in the process.
Deemed a “force of nature” by Kirkus reviews, Mexican American author, filmmaker, playwright and poet e.E. Charlton-Trujillo grew up in small-town Mathis, Texas.
It was her third novel, Fat Angie that garnered the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award, was a Lambda Literary Finalist and a Choose to Read Ohio book. Fat Angie was also the foundation for a unique book tour to empower at-risk youth via writing and discussion and the catalyst for the feature documentary At-Risk Summer. From that experience, she co-founded a non-profit to bridge the gap between at-risk youth and artists called Never Counted Out.
Currently, she is completing the feature documentary, A Cultural of Silence for GLSEN Cincinnati, writing two novels and Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution in early 2019.
- What is on your nightstand?
Internment, Grand Theft Horse, Dry, Dig and New Kid (reading for second time).
- What author would you totally fan?
So, that would’ve been S.E. Hinton who wrote The Outsiders, but I got to meet her a few years ago after I spoke to 3,000 + educators on the main stage of NCTE in Atlanta, Georgia. My twelve year-old kid self totally fangirled!
- What makes you cringe?
Bad Mexican food.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’m dialogue driven, so my books begin there. It might be from my screenwriting and playwriting background. I’ve always heard the voice first. Once that’s going, I start to sketch in the spine of the book, so I can keep up with the energy of the narrative.
- Is there a word you love to use? Voice
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