The Monkey Cages

casey charles 854391783483


1940s & '50s

casey charles

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The Monkey Cages tells the story of Tommy Cadigan, high school senior, and his history teacher, a Korean war veteran, whose love affair becomes enmeshed in the famous Boys of Boise scandal of 1955.


Historical Fiction,

Short Summary

Tommy Cadigan is a high school senior who struggles with his same-sex desire, especially when he grows close to his history teacher, a young Korean war veteran who received a "blue discharge" for homosexuality. Tommy and Mr. Williams soon find themselves enmeshed in Boy of Boise scandal of 1955.

The story ends in the trial of Marty Williams standing trial for crimes agains nature.


Boise, Idaho 1955

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Tom Cadigan

Age: 17

Gender: LGBT

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Underdog, Adventurous, Charming, Clumsy, Complex, Educated, Empathetic, Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Marty Williams

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Confident, Educated, Engaging, Leader, Outspoken, Romantic, Unapologetic, Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Freddie Udall

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Aspiring, Blunt, Complex, Educated, Engaging, Religious, Strong Moral Code, Charming, Empathetic, Romantic, Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Elvina

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Empathetic, Engaging, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Gracious, Sophisticated, Aspiring, Beautiful, Confident, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Charming

Development Pitch

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: LGBT leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Lethe Press

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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