Oh my word! Girls, boys, and other people, you have to read this book. This is the ultimate misfit coming-of-age novel and it is FABULOUS! Look for it in your local public library (Worldcat Link)!
St, J. J. (2007). Freak show. New York: Dutton Children’s Books.
Written by drag-queen James St. James (see his Wikipedia entry), Freak Show tells the story of the young Glitteroid Billy Bloom who, following an altercation with his mother, is sent to live deep in the swamps of Florida with his father. His absent father sends him to a private school for upper-class problem children, and there Billy is ostracized, mocked, beaten, and otherwise abused because of his flair for fashion. Luckily for all of us readers, Billy’s spirit is not crushed.
What follows is a whirl of high school drama, news reports, parade floats, ball gowns, tiaras, wigs, hunky football stars, and scarlet letters. Go Billy Bloom!
I’m not giving away any more!
The voice! The voice! I have never been nor known any Transvisionary Glitteroids, but I believe every word coming out of Billy’s mouth. He IS the precocious tranny that St. James wants him to be. I am a convert. I want to BE Billy Bloom.
The jacket cover says James St. James is “working on” a second novel. Please, write faster!