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Empress of the Worldby Sara Ryan
2002 Oregon Book Award Winner (The Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Readers)
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Lambda Literary Award finalist
Synopses & Reviews
Nicola Lancaster is spending eight weeks at the Siegel Institute Summer Program for Gifted Youth, a hothouse of smart, articulate, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Katrina (Manic Computer Chick), Isaac (Nice-Guy-Despite-Himself), Kevin (Inarticulate Composer)...and Battle. Battle Hall Davies is a beautiful blonde dancer, and everything Nic isn't. The two become friends-and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart?
"Both controversial and long-awaited, this helps to fill a need that is painfully obvious and introduces a wonderful new voice." Kirkus Reviews
"Among the better books I have read in recent years..." Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
"Funny — sad — bitter — poignant — these words ran through my mind while I read Sara Ryan's excellent young adult novel." Nancy Garden, Lambda Book Report
"Humorous and bittersweet...a must-read..." Teen People
"This novel will definitely appeal to gifted, articulate teenagers with liberal social values, like the characters in the story. Probably the masses of YA readers, the same ones who feel uneasy around fellow students like Nic, Battle, Isaac, and Katrina, won't feel too comfortable reading about them either." KLIATT
"What Ryan does so well is cleverly merge two genres...in the process spawning a whole new breed....Young-adult lit has come a long way, baby." Rachel Fudge, Bitch Magazine
"[S]weet, smart, believable, and charming." The Portland Mercury (Portland, OR)
"[C]haracters are voiced with near-perfect pitch. The action is equally on target....Ryan handles Nic's confusion about her sexuality and her longing for Battle adroitly." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
This ALA Best Book of Young Adults and Lambda Book Award Finalist — a controversial, groundbreaking novel — tells the story of a teenage girl coming to terms with who she really is, despite who she thought she was.
Nicola Lancaster is spending her summer at the Siegel Institute, a hothouse of smart, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Katrina (Manic Computer Chick), Isaac (Nice-Guy-Despite-Himself), Kevin (Inarticulate Composer) . . . and Battle, a beautiful blond dancer. The two become friends--and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart? A trailblazing debut, reissued with an introduction by acclaimed author David Levithan, and copious back matter, including three graphic novel stories by Sara Ryan (and artists Steve Leiber, Dylan Meconis, and Natalie Nourigat) about the characters.
About the Author
Sara Ryan (www.sararyan.com) lives in Portland, Oregon.
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