The title may seem a bit off-putting, but there's a positive story being told here about a young man that will let nothing get in the way of his dreams.
The title threw us for a loop, too, but as you would expect, the Stonewall Book Award honors positive portrayals of LGBT characters in literature. We like that.
From the American Library Association's press release:
"Carrlos Duarte wants nothing more than to be successful as a makeup artist and nothing—neither his sister’s threatening boyfriend nor the boss who is threatened by Carrlos’ talent—will stand in his way. The dream never wavers as Carrlos beautifies the world—one face at a time—in this refreshing, funny, poignant novel.
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright is the 2012 recipient of the Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award. The award was announced today by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Stonewall Book Awards Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 20 – 24 in Dallas.
The Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award, is given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The award will be presented to the winning authors or editors at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in June."
For more on the award winners and judging, visit ALA's website.