The Evolution of Ethan Poe

The Evolution of Ethan Poe

Robin Reardon

Literature & Fiction / Gay & Lesbian / Religion & Spirituality

Ethan's power animal is Bat. What's yours?And if you got a tattoo, what would it be? In the space of a few months, sixteen-year-old Ethan Poe's life has become a complicated mix of facts, theories, and hypotheses. Things he knows beyond doubt: his parents are divorcing, his older brother Kyle is exhibiting alarming behavior, and his best friend is turning into a spiritual fanatic. Then there are the shifting uncertainties-including his feelings toward his father and his desire to both blend in and stand out in his rural Maine hometown. Most pressing of all, there's his attraction to Max Modine, a boy he wants to know much better than he does.Despite Ethan's initial reluctance, he gets pulled into a heated and sometimes violent conflict about whether to introduce Intelligent Design into science classrooms. Family and friends are turning against each other, school is a battleground, and Ethan will have to take a stand. Because some facts are irrefutable and some bonds unbreakable, even when they can't be seen. And once Ethan finds the courage to become who he was meant to be, the outcome could be absolutely extraordinary... Find out what happens. Scroll up and order your copy today. **Praise for the novels of Robin Reardon"Stirring...thoughtful and convincing." - Publishers Weekly on Thinking Straight"A compelling story well worth your time...Reardon is an author to watch." -Bart Yates, author of The Brothers Bishop on A Secret Edge* Review What readers are saying ... "Robin Reardon's books can incite different emotions in you. The Evolution of Ethan Poe caused tears, anger, anxiousness, moments of glee, and much more. This book can make you care and that's a wonderful thing." "There were so many brilliant characters in the book--characters that surprised me with how they changed over time, characters that wanted to change but either couldn't or didn't know how, and characters that I felt needed to change but that wanted to stay right where they were." "Reardon does a good job in carefully constructing her story in terms of the extent to which religious fanaticism and ignorance can divide a town, and what secrets each of its people hold." From the Author If you havealready read this book (or are not put off by spoilers) and would like to knowmore about some of the topics it covers, look on the book's page on my website (robinreardon.com/books/evolution_of_ethan_poe.php)for the Digging Deeper section. There is a link to a PDF file covering homosexuality,evolution vs. intelligent design, shamanism and power animals.
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Giuseppe and Me

Giuseppe and Me

Robin Reardon

Literature & Fiction / Gay & Lesbian / Religion & Spirituality

Alex Lupo is a gay foster teen in New York City. Isolated by circumstances, not knowing his parents but aware that they were Italian, he scrutinizes the faces of Italian-looking strangers and fantasizes about possible family connections. Having been raped at his previous foster home, he worries about HIV and about ever being able to enjoy sex."My life is worth more than a few minutes of anyone's pleasure."Alessandro Lupo (Alex) is a sixteen-year-old gay foster child who has been moved from "home" to "home" in New York City. Isolated by circumstances and by the protective shield he's surrounded himself with, he wanders the streets of the West Village and gravitates toward Stonewall Inn, where the 1969 riots planted the seeds of the gay civil rights movement. Having been raped at his previous foster home, he worries about HIV and about ever being able to enjoy sex. Alex, whose parents had both been Italian, feels his lack of family keenly. As he wanders the city streets, he scrutinizes people who might also be Italian. Alex is short for Alessandro, which means defender of men; Lupo means wolf. But Alex feels fearful most of the time—fear not just of Derek, the other foster teen in his current home, but also of life in general—and wishes for the courage of his 19th century countryman, Giuseppe Garibaldi, with whose statue in Washington Square Park Alex has imaginary conversations.Then Alex meets two people who represent polar opposites: one who validates the low opinion Alex already has of himself; and another who helps him see himself in an entirely new light and teaches him that his life is worth more than a few minutes of anyone's pleasure.
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Educating Simon

Educating Simon

Robin Reardon

Literature & Fiction / Gay & Lesbian / Religion & Spirituality

Everything sixteen-year-old Simon Fitzroy-Hunt loves is in England. There's his school, his boyfriend, his cat, and especially Oxford University, which Simon plans to attend just as his beloved late father planned. But all of Simon's certainties come crashing down when his mother remarries and drags him to Boston with her.Furious and unforgiving, Simon finds plenty to resent in America. His stepsister, Persie, is overindulged by her father and struggling with Asperger syndrome. And Simon's school project—coaching a young student for the national Spelling Bee—hits a complication when eleven-year-old Toby makes a confession: there's a girl trapped inside his body, and her name is Kay.Helping Kay find her way begins changing Simon too, opening him to different perspectives, revealing a strength that's gone untapped until now. And as the life he's known, and the future he envisioned, slips further away each day, he realizes he can either lose his direction...
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Thinking Straight

Thinking Straight

Robin Reardon

Literature & Fiction / Gay & Lesbian / Religion & Spirituality

I know God doesn't make mistakes, and if I'm gay it's because that's what he wanted. What you wanted. And I think the challenge is to get everyone else to see that. This is their test, not mine. If only Taylor Adams had kept on lying to his parents, none of this would have happened. He wouldn't have been shipped off to Straight to God, an institution devoted to "deprogramming" troubled teenagers and ridding them of their vices--whether it's drugs, violence, or in Taylor's case, other boys. Not that Taylor has a problem with being gay, or with reconciling his love for God with his love for his boyfriend Will. . . At Straight to God, such thoughts--along with all other reminders of Taylor's former "sinful" life--are forbidden. Every movement is monitored, privacy is impossible, and no one--from staff to residents--is quite who they first appear to be. There's Charles, Taylor's clean-cut roommate, desperate to leave his past behind. . .Nate Devlin, a...
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A Question of Manhood

A Question of Manhood

Robin Reardon

Literature & Fiction / Gay & Lesbian / Religion & Spirituality

November 1972. The Vietnam War is rumored to be drawing to a close, and for sixteen-year-old Paul Landon, the end can't come soon enough. The end will mean his older brother Chris, the family's golden child, returning home from the Army for good. But while home on leave, Chris entrusts Paul with a secret: He's gay. And when Chris is killed in action, Paul is beset by grief and guilt, haunted by knowledge he can't share.That summer, Paul is forced to work at his family's pet supply store. Worse, he must train a new employee, JJ O'Neil, a gay college freshman. But though Paul initially dislikes JJ for being everything he's not—self-confident, capable, ambitious—he finds himself learning from him. Not just about how to handle the anxious, aggressive dogs JJ so effortlessly calms and trains, but how to stand up for himself—even when it means standing against his father, his friends, and his own fears. Through JJ, Paul finally begins to glimpse who his brother...
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