For immediate release | January 23, 2012

'Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy' wins 2012 Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award

DALLAS – “Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy” by Bil Wright, published by Simon & Schuster BFYR, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is the 2012 recipient of the Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award. The award was announced today by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Stonewall Book Awards Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 20 – 24 in Dallas.

The Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award, is given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The award will be presented to the winning authors or editors at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in June.

“Carrlos Duarte knows who he is and isn’t trying to be anyone else—in fact, Carrlos is waiting for the world to catch up to him,” said Stonewall Book Awards Committee Chair Lewis Day.

Carrlos Duarte wants nothing more than to be successful as a makeup artist and nothing—neither his sister’s threatening boyfriend nor the boss who is threatened by Carrlos’ talent—will stand in his way. The dream never wavers as Carrlos beautifies the world—one face at a time—in this refreshing, funny, poignant novel.

FourStonewall Book Award Honor Books were named:

“a + e 4ever,” drawn and written by Ilike Merey and published by Lethe Press, Inc. Asher and Eulalie are thrown together in that ambiguous crossroads where gay and straight, love and friendship, boy and girl meet in this exciting new graphic novel.

“Money Boy,” written by Paul Yee and published by Groundwood Books, an imprint of House of Anansi Press. Ray Liu finds it hard to fit in. He’s a young gay man in a new country, and now finds himself living on the streets of Toronto. He finds the reality of his new life is nothing like the future he’d dreamed of in this compelling novel.

“Pink,” written by Lili Wilkinson and Published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins. Ava is smart, talented and has the world’s most tolerant parents. What she really wants though, is to trade her old life for a new one in this novel of youthful choice, revelation and discovery. When she gets what she asked for, Ava learns choices have consequences and love can be found in the most unexpected places.

“with or without you,” written by Brian Farrey and published by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. Evan lives a life of secrets—from his parents, his friends and from his boyfriend. When his world is turned upside-down, Evan must make choices which will affect his life and those he loves.

The members of the 2012 Stonewall Book Awards Committee are: Chair Lewis Day, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; Robert Bittner, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; W. Stephen Breedlove, La Salle University, Philadelphia; Amanda Clay, Lakeview Elementary School, Norman, Okla.; Dave Combe, Ventura (Calif.) County Library; Sarah Dahlen, California State University-Monterey Bay, Seaside, Calif.; Joanna Fu, Columbia University, New York; Tess Goldwasser, St. Mary's County Library, Lexington Park, Md.; Roland Hansen, Columbia College Library, Chicago; Rebecca D. Hunt, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.; Lisa Johnston, Sweet Briar (Va.) College; Laurie Spurling, Denver (Colo.) Public Library; Stephen Stratton, California State University-Channel Islands, Camarillo, Calif.; and Rose Nagle-Yndigoyen, Office of the Comptroller, City of New York, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Macey Morales

Media Relations Manager

American Library Association