Out of Left Field

Andrews McMeel. Mar. 2024. 304p. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781524884840.
Gr 6-9–Jonah’s coming out story tracks him from a French history-loving, nerdy high school underclassman to an unexpected baseball hero at graduation. Along the way, much unfolds: He makes good friends with a girl he previously tried to consider as a romantic attraction, he fails to realize the boy on whom he has a semi-aware crush on is gay, he copes with stereotypical and foul-mouthed bullies, and he is brought to the realization of his sexual identity by an openly gay classmate. The candy-colored art is bouncy. Jonah himself is white with red hair and his classmates have a variety of skin tones. His Black baseball coach is tolerant, although perhaps not outwardly gay-friendly, while his French teacher is openly lesbian without pushing Jonah towards his own self-awareness. Newman’s graphic novel/roman à clef deploys sardonic humor in the visual details while keeping the characters and plot clear and engaging for readers, whether or not they catch these sly features.
VERDICT An excellent graphic novel for kids of any orientation or awareness.

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