Oblong Online Book Launch: Alex Gino - ALICE AUSTEN LIVED HERE

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
EST. Via Zoom

For Ages 9-12

In conversation with Mike Jung.

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Bestselling author Alex Gino talks about their phenomenal new novel about queerness past, present, and future with author Mike Jung and agent Jennifer Laughran.

Alex GinoAlice Austen Lived Here by Alex GinoMike Jung

Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. Their first novel, Melissa, was a winner of the Children’s Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Children’s Choice Book Award.

Mike Jung is the author of  The Boys in the Back Row, Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, and Unidentified Suburban Object. He is a library professional by day, a writer (and ukulele player) by night and was a founding member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks team.

Books by Alex Gino


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Alice Austen Lived Here Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338733891
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - June 7th, 2022

Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They're nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam's family is very cool with it... as long as Sam remembers that nonbinary kids are also required to clean their rooms, do their homework, and try not to antagonize their teachers too much.

The teacher-respect thing is hard when it comes to Sam’s history class, because their teacher seems to believe that only Dead Straight Cis White Men are responsible for history. When Sam’s home borough of Staten Island opens up a contest for a new statue, Sam finds the perfect non-DSCWM subject: photographer Alice Austen, whose house has been turned into a museum, and who lived with a female partner for decades.

Soon, Sam's project isn't just about winning the contest. It's about discovering a rich queer history that Sam's a part of -- a queer history that no longer needs to be quiet, as long as there are kids like Sam and TJ to stand up for it.


Melissa (formerly published as GEORGE) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338843415
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - April 19th, 2022

You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545956253
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 5th, 2020

Rick Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338048100
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 21st, 2020