Freak Show (audiobook)

8.4 hrs • 7 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Release Date: 05/16/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 05/16/17 9781478975991
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
- 07/16/17 9781538431443
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Meet Billy Bloom—new student at the ultra-white, ultra-rich, ultra-conservative Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy—and drag queen extraordinaire. Actually, “drag queen” does not begin to describe Billy and his fabulousness. Any way you slice it, Billy is not a typical seventeen-year-old, and the Bible Belles, Aberzombies, and Football Heroes at the academy have never seen anyone quite like him before.

But thanks to the help and support of one good friend, Billy is able to take a stand for outcasts and underdogs everywhere in his own outrageous, over-the-top, sad, funny, brilliant, and unique way.

Review Quotes

“Teenage drag queen Billy Bloom [is] perfectly and entertainingly embodied by narrator Ben Estes…The students, voiced by Suzanne Toren, Tracey Petrillo, Caitlin Kelly, and Estes, seem to surround listeners (especially if you wear headphones) as they sound out their chorus of derision, followed by praise and indifference…Musical enhancements, sprinkled throughout, and vibrant performances of supporting characters round out this fantastic production. It concludes with a new postscript from the author.”


“A groundbreaking, eye-opening, romantic, bittersweet story of one boy’s determination to seek acceptance for who he is and right the wrongs of his world, one dress at a time.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“St. James has created an archetypal hero for outsiders and freaks.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Teens will find this romance fresh and fun, but they will also enjoy exploring complicated issues of empowerment, bigotry, self-esteem, and fear. Freak Show visits these difficult regions of adolescence with gracious candor and humor. More buoyant than weighty, this book flows as a fast-paced, snarky story of high school horrors. Mature readers will love St. James’ playful rendition of a conventional American tale.”

School Library Journal (starred review)

“Gutsy, funny, over-the-top Billy Bloom is a profile in courage.”

Washington Post