Thorndike Press

Anger Is a Gift

  • Mark Oshiro
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432879340
  • ISBN-13: 9781432879341
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.75 lbs ( .79 kgs)
  • 712 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released August 2020



A 1st Annual Lammy Finalist for LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult category
An ALA Schneider Family Book Award Teen Winner
A Buzzfeed’s 24 Best YA Book
A Vulture’s 38 Best LGBTQ YA Novels
A Book Riot’s Best Book
A Hyable’s Most Anticipated Queer YA Book
The Mary Sue’s 18 Books You Should Read

Moss Jeffries is many things — considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd. But sometimes Moss still wishes he could be someone else — someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn’t become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night. And most of all, he wishes he didn’t feel so stuck. Moss can’t even escape at school — he and his friends are subject to a crumbling infrastructure, as well as constant intimidation by the resource officer. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

Age Range: 14-17 | Grade Level: 7-9 | Lexile Measure: HL710L


Customer Reviews

“A strong addition to the current wave of excellent social justice–themed contemporary realistic titles. Give this to fans of Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give.”

— School Library Journal (starred)

“A masterful debut rich with intersectional nuance and grass-roots clarity, Anger is a Gift is hella precious, hella dope.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“An emotional roller-coaster.”

— Publishers Weekly