Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom

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Lucas and Tessa have always had a close friendship. So it's no surprise when Lucas finally realizes his true feeling for Tessa and he asks her to Prom. What no one expected, especially Lucas, was for Tessa to come out as a lesbian-or for Tessa's decision to wear a tuxedo and escort her female crush to Prom, to spark a firestorm of controversy. Humiliated and confused, Lucas must decide if he should stand on the sidelines or if he should stand by his friend to make sure that Tessa Masterson will go to Prom.

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Emily Franklin collaborated with Brendan Halpin for their novels Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance and The Half-Life of Planets. She has also written a dozen novels for young adults, including the Principles of Love series and The Other Half of Me, and she edited It's a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life in Your Twenties. Emily's work has also appeared in The Boston Globe and national magazines.
www.emilyfranklin.com

Brendan Halpin was a high school English teacher for ten years before penning his first novel. He is the author of How Ya Like Me Now and Forever Changes, as well as several novels for adults.
www.brendanhalpin.com

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In a story ripped from the headlines, Tessa Masterson, a lesbian, fights against her small, conservative Indiana town for the right to wear a tuxedo and bring her girlfriend to the prom. While the controversy provides the novel’s framework, this is, at its core, a story about two friends, told from he-said, she-said perspectives. When Lucas, a boy who believes in grand gestures, asks his best friend turned love interest, Tessa, to the prom on a 20-foot-tall sign outside her family’s grocery store, his question is met with a confession: Tessa’s gay. What follows is a firestorm: hurt Lucas betrays Tessa to the school paper—our whole Prom is going to be about Tessa Masterson instead of just being a normal dance. The religious come out en masse to protest, the school administration votes to cancel the prom, the grocery store is boycotted, the ACLU becomes involved, and Tessa’s story becomes national news fodder. Plus, Lucas starts to regret his words. The book doesn’t break gay-lit ground, but with an over-the-top gesture forming the conclusion, it’s kind of fabulous. Grades 8-12. --Ann Kelley

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