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A Boy Named Queen
By (author): Sara Cassidy
Sara Cassidy


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 8 - 11, Grade (CAN) 3 - 6, Grade (US) 3 - 6
Mar 01, 2020
$9.99 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.23 in | 0.2 lb

Page Count:

80 pages
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Quill & Quire Reviewer Pick 2016, Commended CBC Best Books of 2016 2016, Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List 2017, Commended Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2017, Short-listed Rocky Mountain Book Award 2018, Short-listed Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award 2018, Short-listed Diamond Willow Award 2017, Short-listed
  • Short Description
Who will be brave enough to make friends with the boy named Queen?

Who will be brave enough to make friends with the boy named Queen? Sara Cassidy’s acclaimed novel, A Boy Named Queen, is now available in paperback!

Evelyn is both aghast and fascinated when a new boy comes to grade five and tells everyone his name is Queen. Queen wears shiny gym shorts and wants to organize a chess/environment club. His father plays weird loud music and has tattoos.

How will the class react? How will Evelyn?

Evelyn is an only child with a strict routine and an even stricter mother. And yet in her quiet way she notices things. She notices the way bullies don’t seem to faze Queen. The way he seems to live by his own rules. When it turns out that they take the same route home from school, Evelyn and Queen become friends, even if she finds Queen irritating at times. Why doesn’t he just shut up and stop attracting so much attention to himself.

Yet Queen is the most interesting person she has ever met. So when she receives a last-minute invitation to his birthday party, she knows she must somehow persuade her mother to let her go, even if Queen’s world upends everything her mother considers appropriate.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

  • A Boy Named Queen received great reviews (including a star from Kirkus!) and was shortlisted for many awards.
  • More than 15,000 hardcover copies sold so far in North America!
  • This is a short novel that packs a literary punch and raises complex questions about acceptance and difference.
  • Sara is a seasoned presenter at schools and libraries; her workshops and readings are interactive and thought-provoking.
  • Curriculum connections: Novel Study; Independent Reading.

SARA CASSIDY is a journalist, editor and the author of twenty children’s books. Her books have won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and been Junior Library Guild selections. They have been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award in Young People's Literature, Chocolate Lily Award, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Diamond Willow Award, Silver Birch Express Award and the Sunburst Award. Sara lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

A small, eloquent book with a powerful message. - Kirkus Reviews

This is a book of gentle nudges that could open some minds as well as some possibility for discussion. - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Cassidy’s novella is a little gem … a lovely book with which to begin the school year, not only for the message of tolerance it conveys, but also for the beautiful language in which it has been delivered. - Canadian Children’s Book News

Cassidy does a lovely job of letting the lessons of embracing individuality, confidence, acceptance, and tolerance clearly and cleverly reveal themselves in this short but punchy novel. - Quill and Quire

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