Somebody Told Me
A novel of trauma, identity, and survival.
After an assault, bigender seventeen-year-old Aleks/Alexis is looking for a fresh start—so they voluntarily move in with their uncle, a Catholic priest. In their new bedroom, Aleks/Alexis discovers they can overhear parishioners in the church confessional. Moved by the struggles of these “sinners,” Aleks/Alexis decides to anonymously help them, finding solace in their secret identity: a guardian angel instead of a victim.
But then Aleks/Alexis overhears a confession of another priest admitting to sexually abusing a parishioner. As they try to uncover the priest’s identity before he hurts anyone again, Aleks/Alexis is also forced to confront their own abuser and come to terms with their past trauma.
|Interest Level||Grade 8 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Category||Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: Mental Health & Neurodiversity, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diversity|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Lab ®|
|Number of Pages||272|
Author: Mia Siegert
Mia Siegert is an author and costume designer from New Jersey. Their costumes have appeared on Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and several stage productions of CATS. They are also the author of the YA novel Jerkbait.
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Somebody Told Me
A novel of trauma, identity, and survival. After an assault, bigender seventeen-year-old Aleks/Alexis is looking for a fresh start—so they voluntarily move in with their uncle, a Catholic priest. In their new bedroom, Aleks/Alexis discovers they can overhear… View available downloads →
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" . . . Siegert’s blunt and honest prose brings together a compelling narrative layered with intersections of gender, sexuality, and spirituality, which will be sure to provide teen audiences with much food for thought."—Booklist
“Highly recommended, especially where #OwnVoices books are in demand.”—School Library Journal
“Somebody Told Me will stay with you long after you finish the final page and fuel a conversation that needs to be had.”—Alice Reeds, author of Echoes
“I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.”—Chris Kluwe, former NFL player and author of Otaku
“Siegert pulls no punches, tackling issues such as abuse of power, and acceptance, head-on in this important page-turning novel.”—Helene Dunbar, author of We Are Lost and Found
“The heart-wrenching and hopeful look at faith, gender, and sexuality I’ve been waiting for. A compelling and captivating read.”—Kate Brauning, author of How We Fall
“Impossible to forget.”—Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts, Last Girl Lied To, and All Eyes On Her