Annie on My Mind

Annie on My Mind

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by Nancy Garden
     
 

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This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

Of the author and the book, the Margaret A. Edwards Award committee said, "Nancy Garden has the…  See more details below

Overview

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

Of the author and the book, the Margaret A. Edwards Award committee said, "Nancy Garden has the distinction of being the first author for young adults to create a lesbian love story with a positive ending. Using a fluid, readable style, Garden opens a window through which readers can find courage to be true to themselves."

The 25th Anniversary Edition features a full-length interview with the author by Kathleen T. Horning, Director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Ms. Garden answers such revealing questions as how she knew she was gay, why she wrote the book, censorship, and the book’s impact on readers - then and now.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Garden's exceptionally well-rendered tale concerns two teenage girls who fall in love with each other. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
This 25th anniversary edition of Nancy Garden's groundbreaking lesbian young adult novel features a new cover and an illuminating interview with the author. This story of first love tells of the nascent intimate relationship between narrator Liza Winthrop, the young protagonist of the story, and Annie Kenyon, whom she first encounters in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even though Liza attends an exclusive suburban private school, Foster Academy, and Annie attends an overcrowded public school in the city, the two girls share a love of learning, museums and beautiful outdoor spaces. Despite the socioeconomic gap between them, they have much in common and begin to fall in love, although neither of them has any experience with pursuing a lesbian relationship. All goes well until the two get caught in a compromising position while housesitting for two Foster teachers—also lesbians—who have gone away for spring break. Some ugly and uncomfortable encounters ensue when Foster's administrators subject Liza to a disciplinary hearing, which means her family is informed about the incident and, therefore, her assumed sexual orientation. This novel has aged surprisingly well over the past 25 years. Contemporary readers might find some of the students and administrators at Foster Academy overly stuck-up and wooden as they overreact to Sally's setting up an ear-piercing pagoda on school property one day and treat Liza like a leper when the prying Mrs. Baxter "outs" her to the school. Unfortunately, some characters' homophobic responses may still feel familiar to gay readers, but so will the tender parts of the novel as Liza and Annie come to know and enjoy one another. Enough remainsrelevant and familiar in this novel to keep it on the YA classics list for many years to come. Reviewer: Michelle H. Martin, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Published more than 25 years ago, Nancy Garden's moving and poignant love story (Farrar, 1982) still rings true today. Liza and Annie, both 17 and attending different high schools, meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and fall in love. Narrator Rebecca Lowman touchingly brings their story to life as they discover each other and the harsh and confusing realities that surround them. The teens face uncertain feelings and questions about their emotional and physical relationship. Told in the third person and through letters Liza is trying to write to Annie after they both are at college, Lowman does a fine job portraying the girls' emotions as well as the stark reactions that the other characters have toward them when their relationship is discovered. With quietly distinct voices and subtle pacing that matches perfectly the unfolding of the young romance, this audiobook will stand the test of time. Listeners will be swept up by and find themselves fully immersed in the story. Margaret Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nancy Garden is featured in an interview at the end of the book. A must-have for all GLBTQ collections.-Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY

From the Publisher

“Brings this classic of the genre to a whole new generation of readers.” —Publishers Weekly

“The body of adolescent literature has waited for this book a long time . . . Gut-level believable.” —VOYA

“An eye-opener (maybe ‘heart-opener' is a better term) . . . Just the thing to provoke some honest conversation.” —The Milwaukee Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374303662
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
07/28/1982
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.96(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Garden is the author of young adult novels including The Year They Burned the Books and Endgame. She is also the author of the YA nonfiction book Hear Us Out!, as well as novels for children and the picture book Molly's Family. Garden was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and has lived most of her life in New England and New York. She spent her early adult years working in theater, doing office work, teaching, and editing. During that time, she wrote in the evenings, on weekends, and on vacations, as well as at odd moments while working. Now she writes as close to full-time as possible. When she isn't writing, visiting schools, or making speeches, she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, the outdoors, and anything to do with dogs. She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Lambda Book Award and the Robert Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. She and her partner of over twenty years divide their time between small towns in Massachusetts and Maine.

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