Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

Bil Wright (Author)

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
August 07, 2012
5.57 X 8.27 X 0.74 inches | 0.46 pounds

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About the Author

Bil Wright is the author of Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy; When the Black Girl Sings, a Junior Library Guild selection; and Sunday You Learn How to Box, which was one of Booklist's best adult books for teens, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenage, a Coretta Scott King Celebrating the Dream Book, and on the ALA's list of Books for Gay Teens. An associate professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bil Wright lives in New York City. Visit him at BilWright.com.


"Readers will simultaneously root for and marvel at this fascinating character."--"School Library Journal"
"Wright's occasionally flashy but mostly straightforward...prose should work equally well for bookish and non-bookish readers."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Wright gives voice, complexity, and heart to the kind of character often relegated to a cliche sidekick role...[Carlos is] a walking example of the inner strength teens need--regardless of their sexuality."

--"Publishers Weekly"
"There's a whole lot going on in Wright's novel, but it's handled deftly and, for the most part, believably. Best of all, Carlos is not completely defined by his homosexuality. It is an important part of him, yes, but so are his ambition, his concern for his sister, and his capacity for friendship."--"Booklist"
"A fast-paced and humorous chick-lit read, Carlos is sure of himself and yet willing to acknowledge when he makes mistakes. His loyalty to friends and family and grace under pressure come through as he overcomes stereotyping to achieve his goal."--"Library Media Connection"