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Book Smarts and Tender Hearts

Book Smarts and Tender Hearts

by Shelley M Pearson


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FInalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Award

Hannah is sixteen and doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere. Brainy, fat, and secretly in love with her best friend Liz, she’s always found solace in her sweet and loving grandma. In the spring of 1996, as Gran moves into an Alzheimer’s care center and Liz falls for yet another boy, Hannah branches out to find community on her own. She discovers zines, works up the confidence to attend a local LGBTQ youth group, and makes some new friends who help her begin to figure out how to balance her book smarts with her tender heart.

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ISBN-13: 9781732408203
Publisher: Shelley M Pearson
Publication date: 07/22/2018
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Shelley Pearson self-published her first zine when she was sixteen. She has been making art and crafts her whole life, and studied painting and printmaking in college. Despite being an adult, she has always gravitated toward young adult novels, and leads a monthly group for adults to discuss YA books through a queer and feminist lens. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and two cats. Learn more at

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