Atheneum Books for Young Readers I Have Something to Tell You—Young Readers Edition
Atheneum Books for Young Readers I Have Something to Tell You—Young Readers Edition

I Have Something to Tell You—Young Readers Edition

By Chasten Buttigieg


Publication Date: April 18, 2023

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Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up

The middle grade adaptation of the moving, hopeful, and refreshingly candid memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate about growing up gay in his small Midwestern town.

Over the past several years, teacher Chasten Glezman Buttigieg has emerged on the national stage, having left his classroom to travel cross-country in support of his husband, former mayor Pete Buttigieg. Through Chasten’s joyful, witty social media posts, the public has gained a behind-the-scenes look at his life with Pete—moments that have resonated deeply with a large audience looking for a touch of humanity in their politics.

In this moving, uplifting memoir, Chasten recounts his journey to finding acceptance and self-love. He recalls his upbringing in a rural, conservative small town in Michigan, where he felt different from his hyper-masculine father and brothers. He tells the story of his coming out and how he’s healed from the painful responses and isolation. And with unflinching honesty, unflappable courage, and great warmth, Chasten Buttigieg relays his experience of growing up in America and embracing his true self, while inspiring young people across the nation to do the same.

About the Author

Chasten Glezman Buttigieg was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. A thespian, two-time 4-H blue-ribboner, and decorated member of the high school bowling team, he received his bachelor’s degree in theater and global studies from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and his master’s in education from DePaul University. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his husband, Pete, and their two rescue dogs. I Have Something to Tell You is his first book.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 256 pages

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9781665904377

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