So Hard to Say

About The Book

When Frederick shows up at school, Xio is thrilled. The new boy is shy, cute, and definitely good boyfriend material. Before long, she pulls him into her lively circle of friends.

Frederick knows he should be flattered by Xio's attention. After all, she's popular, pretty, and a lot of fun. So why can't he stop thinking about Victor, the captain of the soccer team, instead?

About The Author

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Alex Sanchez spent almost fifteen years working with youth. He is the author of the teen novels Boyfriends with Girlfriends, Bait, The God Box, Getting It, Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, and Rainbow Road, as well as the Lambda Award–winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. Lambda Literary Foundation honored Alex with an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize. He lives in Thailand and Hollywood, Florida. Visit him at AlexSanchez.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 27, 2009)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442407275
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

"Adventurous, multifaceted, funny, and unpredictably insightful..."
-- School Library Journal

"A well-crafted novel."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Sanchez...just keeps getting better at his art."
-- VOYA

Awards and Honors

  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • LAMBDA Literary Award
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
  • VOYA - Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers

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