Nikhil Out Loud

From the acclaimed author and Stonewall Honor-winning author of THE BEST AT IT, Maulik Pancholy, comes a new middle grade novel about a gay Indian-American boy who learns the power of using his voice. For fans of MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS and BETTER NATE THAN EVER.

Thirteen-year-old Nikhil Shah is the beloved voice actor for Raj Reddy on the hit animated series "Raj Reddy in Outer Space." But when his mom temporarily moves the, to the small town in Ohio where she grew up to take care of Nikhil's sick grandfather, Nikhil feels as out of orbit as his character.

Nikhil's fame lands him the lead in the school musical, but he's terrified that everyone will realize he's a fraud once they find out he has stage fright. And when a group of angry parents start to protest having an openly gay actor in the starring role, Nikhil feels like his life would be easier if only he could be Raj Reddy full-time. The Nikhil wakes up one morning and hears a crack in his voice, which means his job playing Raj will have to come to an end.

Life on earth is way more complicated that life on television. And some mysteries -- like new friendships or a sick grandparent or finding the courage to speak out -- don't wrap up nearly between commercial breaks.

Lambda Literary Award Winner for LGBTQ+ Middle Grade

Target age group 8-12
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    • ISBN-13
      9780063091924
    • Weight
      0.85 lbs
    • ISBN-10
      0063091925
    • Item #
      67563
  • Category
    Juvenile Fiction
  • Age Group
    9 to 12 yrs
  • Grade Level
    3-5
  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Theme 1
    Social, Personal & Family Topics
  • Theme 2
    Performing Arts
  • Detailed (BISAC) Subject/Theme
    LGBTQ+
  • Awards
  • Author
    Pancholy, Maulik
  • AR Level
    4.1
  • Dewey
    Fiction
  • Publisher
    Balzer & Bray
  • Publication Date
    10/11/2022
  • Pages
    320
  • Dimensions
    1.07 H × 8.52 L × 5.77 W
  • Case Qty
    40

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