elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

K.L. Going (born August 21, 1973)

Kelly Louise Going (born August 21, 1973 in Rhinebeck, New York), known by her byline KL Going, is an American author most widely known for her Michael L. Printz Award Honor winning Young Adult novel Fat Kid Rules the World.

Going began writing novels in college. She has since published three novels under the category of young adult literature, plus two for middle grade readers age 8 - 12, a picture book, and a reference book titled Writing and Selling the YA Novel published by Writer's Digest. She also has numerous additional picture books under contract.

She has written short stories for several anthologies, including Rush Hour volume 3, Full House, and No Such Thing as the Real World.

Going's books have been published by Penguin's Group USA, Harcourt Houghton Mifflin, and Writer's Digest. Fat Kid Rules the World was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Past Decade by the American Library Association. Her books have been Booksense picks, Scholastic Book Club choices, Junior Library Guild selections, winners of state book awards, and featured by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Children's Book Council as Best Books. Her work has been published in Germany, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and the UK. Her first four novels were also released as audio CDs by Listening Library.

King of the Screw Ups (2009) is the humorous tale of Liam Gellar who is kicked out of his home and forced to move in with his glam-rocking, cross-dressing uncle. Determined to get back in his father's good graces, Liam resolves to do better in school and not fall prey to the insidious popularity that has continuously been his downfall. However, even when he tries to screw up, he screws up.

Fat Kid Rules the World - was screened at South by Southwest, winning the audience award for Narrative Spotlight. Matthew Lillard, director.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KL_Going

Further Readings:

King of the Screwups by K. L. Going
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0547331665
ISBN-13: 978-0547331669
Amazon: King of the Screwups

Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everybody loves him. He excels at sports; he knows exactly what clothes to wear; he always ends up with the most beautiful girls in school. But he's got an uncanny ability to screw up in the very ways that tick off his father the most.

When Liam finally kicked out of the house, his father's brother takes him in. What could a teenage chick magnet possibly have in common with his gay, glam rocker, DJ uncle who lives in a trailer in upstate New York? A lot more than you'd think. And when Liam attempts to make himself over as a nerd in a desperate attempt to impress his father, it's his "aunt" Pete and the guys in his band who convince Liam there's much more to him than his father will ever see.

More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels

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