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.


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

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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