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Hold Me Closer : The Tiny Cooper Story
by David Levithan


Overview - "TIME"Magazine s Top Ten Children s Books of 2015"
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"Tiny Cooper stole our hearts." "Entertainment Weekly
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"Especially for those of us who ordinarily feel ignored, a spotlight is a circle of magic, with the strength to draw us from the darkness of our everyday lives.
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Overview
"TIME"Magazine s Top Ten Children s Books of 2015"
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"Tiny Cooper stole our hearts." "Entertainment Weekly
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"Especially for those of us who ordinarily feel ignored, a spotlight is a circle of magic, with the strength to draw us from the darkness of our everyday lives. "
Watch out, ex-boyfriends, and get out of the way, homophobic coaches. Tiny Cooper has something to say and he s going to say it in song.
Filled with honesty, humor, and big, lively, belty musical numbers, "Hold Me Closer "is the no-holds-barred (and many-bars-held) entirety of the beloved musical first introduced in "Will Grayson, Will Grayson," the award-winning bestseller by John Green and David Levithan.
Tiny Cooper is finally taking center stage . . . and the world will never be the same again.
Tinywill have readers falling out of their chairs laughing. . . . It's big. It's gay. It's outrageous and hilarious. "Kirkus Reviews"
"Levithan has turned in another star turn with a book that iswitty, wise, and well worthy of an encore." "Booklist," starredreview
"Tiny s passion for composing a big, beautiful life and a big, beautiful show overflows in thisthoroughly magicalbook. "BCCB," starred review
"Tiny Cooper . . . gets his own star turn." "Publishers Weekly," starred review"

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780525428848
  • ISBN-10: 0525428844
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 208
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > LGBT
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Dating & Relationships
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Performing Arts - Theater

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

Tiny Cooper, the memorable best friend from Levithan and John Green’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson, gets his own star turn in this companion volume, which contains the script and lyrics of the autobiographical musical he wrote and staged in the original novel. With stage directions from Tiny (“Like myself, this musical is meant to be loud and spectacular”) and the lyrics to 25 ballads and showstoppers, the show opens (à la Matilda) with Tiny’s birth: “He should not be wearing a diaper. Instead, the person who emerges should be the large, stylish Tiny Cooper that you will see for the next two acts.” The musical charts the course of Tiny’s life as the “big-boned and happily gay” child of wonderful, football-loving parents and his quest for true love (“Mama and Papa didn’t know/ they were lighting the lamp/ the moment they sent me/ to Starstruck Drama Camp”). Though billed as a “musical novel,” there is no sheet music yet written for Tiny’s magnum opus. Levithan is hoping for a crowd-sourced soundtrack, encouraging amateur and professional composers to put music to his words. Broadway, are you listening? Ages 14–up. (Mar.)

 
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