• Alice Austen Lived Here

  • By: Alex Gino
  • Narrated by: Alex Gino
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They're nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam's family is very cool with it... as long as Sam remembers that nonbinary kids are also required to clean their rooms, do their homework, and try not to antagonize their teachers too much.

The teacher-respect thing is hard when it comes to Sam’s history class, because their teacher seems to believe that only Dead Straight Cis White Men are responsible for history. When Sam’s home borough of Staten Island opens up a contest for a new statue, Sam finds the perfect non-DSCWM subject: photographer Alice Austen, whose house has been turned into a museum, and who lived with a female partner for decades.

Soon, Sam's project isn't just about winning the contest. It's about discovering a rich queer history that Sam's a part of - a queer history that no longer needs to be quiet, as long as there are kids like Sam and TJ to stand up for it.

©2022 Alex Gino (P)2022 Scholastic Inc
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"Author Alex Gino narrates their newest middle-grade audiobook with cheerful vivacity.... Gino's voicing of Sam is charmingly authentic--the perfect preteen mix of sweetness and stubbornness. Sam's every quicksilver change of feeling is apparent in their tone. Gino also creates an array of engaging character voices for Sam's family, both real and found, and their pedantic history teacher." (AudioFile)

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What inspired me to write this story?
"Like Sam, the main character of Alice Austen Lived Here, I grew up on Staten Island, in sight of the Statue of Liberty. And like Sam, I walked to the library and took the city bus to school. But unlike me, Sam knows they are queer and nonbinary, and is supported by their friends and family. I didn't learn that Alice Austen was part of the rainbow that makes up queer history until I was independently researching for signs of LGBTQIAP+ folk in the past and came across the name of someone I'd only known as a local photographer. I want to provide the type of entryway into the rich world of LGBTQIAP+ history, culture, and chosen family that I didn't see growing up. In some ways, I wrote how I wish my childhood had been, though it is very much a contemporary book. We have always been here. I hope readers enjoy spending time with Sam and their people." – Alex Gino, writer of Alice Austen Lived Here

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  • KayleighBVBFallenAngel
  • 09-12-22

Probably the best middlegrade book I’ve ever read

The book is not only very adorable and heartwarming, it’s also informative and potentially one of the best written middlegrade books I’ve read. I didn’t know anything about photographer Alice Austen before reading this and she’s definitely a historic character I need to look more into 🙌🏻