Man Up

Kim Oclon (Author)

Product Details

$12.95  $11.91
Trism Books
Publish Date
April 22, 2020
5.5 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

With a BA in Screenwriting and MFA in Fiction, Kim Oclon taught high school creative writing and film, in addition to the classics. There, she was the co-founder of her school's first gay-straight alliance. As an active member in the LGBTQ community and SCBWI representative, she has combined her passion for storytelling and giving a voice to the LGBTQ community in her writing. Kim lives in Dundee, Illinois with her understanding husband and two silly children. Connect with Kim online at


"Man Up is an important and realistic young adult novel that deals with bullying, homophobia, and physical violence against the backdrop of varsity sports." --Ashley Hostrom, Foreword Reviews
"Oclon thoughtfully develops David's and Tyler's inner transformations when it comes to self-acceptance, noting how others in their community need to grow with them. Whiteness is situated as the default for all major characters. An engaging and enlightening coming-out tale for teens of all sexual persuasions." --Kirkus Reviews
"Interspersed with interstitials by Tyler, David's narrations is down-to-earth and relatable, particularly for teens who live in places without large LGBTQ communities. Students preparing for the leap from high school to college in particular will find plenty to identify with." --Publishers Weekly
"Oclon's characters are likable and well developed, with endearing flaws for the heroes, and villains whom readers will love to hate. Fast-paced action sequences stand out in a story that mostly focuses on the main characters' internal lives...VERDICT... this quick read is excellent for reluctant readers. Purchase where sports books--especially those with a twist--are in high demand." --School Library Journal, Heather Waddell, Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough, MA
"David grows and changes as a character throughout the book, and as a writing teacher, I appreciate that the story ends at a resolution of his character's "arc."" --Jen Reads the Rainbow
"David's journey to finding his own strength and voice was compelling, but he also learned sometimes you have to deal with curveballs that are thrown your way--you may not be able to control what others think or whether or not you'll get that specific scholarship you were hoping for. But you can choose whether you'll let those curveballs passively strike you out or if you'll step up to the plate!" --Nicole, Feed Your Fiction Addiction