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Trowbridge Road

By: Marcella Pixley

It’s the summer of ’83 on Trowbridge Road, and June Bug Jordan is hungry. Months after her father’s death from complications from AIDS, her mother has stopped cooking and refuses to leave the house, instead locking herself away to scour at the germs she believes are everywhere. June Bug threatens this precarious existence by going out into the neighborhood, gradually befriending Ziggy, an imaginative boy who is living with his Nana Jean after experiencing troubles of his own. But as June Bug’s connection to the world grows stronger, her mother’s grows more distant—even dangerous — pushing June Bug to choose between truth and healing and the only home she has ever known.

Trowbridge Road paints an unwavering portrait of a girl and her family touched by mental illness and grief. Set in the Boston suburbs during the first years of the AIDS epidemic, the novel explores how a seemingly perfect neighborhood can contain restless ghosts and unspoken secrets. Written with deep insight and subtle lyricism by acclaimed author Marcella Pixley, Trowbridge Road demonstrates our power to rescue one another even when our hearts are broken.

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ISBN: 9781536207507

JLG Release: Oct 2020

Sensitive Areas: Violence: Child Abuse , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Violence: Mild Violence , Language: Homophobic Slur

Friendship , Imagination , Family life , Mental illness , Child abuse , Mothers and daughters , Grandmothers and grandsons , LGBTQ , AIDS epidemic , Suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts

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Awards & Honors

2020 National Book Award Longlist for Young People's Literature

Book Details



First Release

October 2020



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Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 8;

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Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Child Abuse , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Violence: Mild Violence , Language: Homophobic Slur


Friendship, Imagination, Family life, Mental illness, Child abuse, Mothers and daughters, Grandmothers and grandsons, LGBTQ, AIDS epidemic, Suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts,

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