Gideon Green in Black and White
By Michael Berry,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Teen detective gets a clue in clever coming-of-ager.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Excellent opportunity to discuss journalistic ethics.
It's important to talk about departed loved ones. The truth is important, and newspaper writers must adhere to a set of ethics.
Positive Role Models
Traumatized by his mother's death, Gideon escapes into the world of film noir He's a know-it-all and speaks before thinking about how others might feel. Joining the school newspaper helps him learn about teamwork.
Gideon's father and Tess are Mexican American. Lily has brown skin and two mothers. Tess is bisexual.
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Violence & Scariness
Gideon and Lily discover a dead body.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Gideon and Tess start dating, starting with kissing at the beach. One scene ends with them in bed together but only rumpled bedclothes are described, no physical actions.
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Casual swearing, never very intense, includes "f--k," "s---t," "d--k, "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character talks about getting stoned in chemistry class.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gideon Green in Black and White is a coming-of-age story, by Katie Henry (This Will Be Funny Someday), about a 16-year-old teen detective in Southern California who loves film noir and stumbles across a dead body while helping a girl who's writing a story for the high school paper. There's some swearing, including "f--k" and."s--t." Gideon and Lily discover a dead body. Gideon and Tess start dating and have one scene in bed together, with only rumpled bedclothes mentioned, no physical actions described.
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What's the Story?
As GIDEON GREEN IN BLACK AND WHITE opens, Gideon is visited by a former friend, Lily, who wants his help as she writes a story for the school newspaper. A former teen detective, Gideon thinks he can solve a case of vandalsm but isn't prepared to discover an actual dead body.
Is It Any Good?
The teen detective is a familiar concept, but this likeable mystery finds fresh ideas in the mix. Author Katie Henry has a wry writing style that perfectly matches the material. Readers will be rooting for Gideon as he becomes more comfortable in his own skin and learns to trust people more deeply. Funny, smart, and occasionally heartbreaking, Gideon Green in Black and White is a winning stand-alone novel.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Gideon Green in Black and White uses film noir to comment on the novel's action. What did you think of this approach?
Why are Gideon and his dad so reluctant to talk about his mother? Would they feel better if they could express their emotions?
Why is Gideon obsessed with film noir? How does it help him cope with daily life?
- Author: Katie Henry
- Genre: Coming of Age
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, High School
- Character Strengths: Courage, Curiosity, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Publication date: May 17, 2022
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
- Number of pages: 384
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: May 31, 2022
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