The Art of Being Normal



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The Art of Being Normal
Lisa Williamson

This novel narrates an unlikely friendship between two outsiders and what a difference standing up for one another can make. David longs to be a girl, but is labelled by others as gay or a freak. Leo just wants to be invisible at school, but defends David against bullies in a fight. They stick together, what they don’t know is that secrets at their school tend to find a way of getting out…

The story can fuel classroom discussions all about gender, mental health and interpersonal relationships.

· · 2015

Critical edition

Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. Faber And Faber Ltd., 2020. 373 pp., ISBN 9781788451338

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In favour of this entry

  • Addresses current affairs
  • Award-winning
  • Silenced voices
  • Students can identify with the text