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this month's featured book

Girl Mans Up by M.E. Girard

What the publisher says:
"All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty.Harper Collins Canada

What the reviewers are saying:
"Girl Mans Up, M-E Girard’s astonishingly honest book, might just be one of the best things that happened to YA fiction in a very, very long time. There have been books about gay, lesbian and trans teens, but I don’t think there are many, and certainly not this good, about genderqueer characters. Written with a light hand and breathtaking emotion, Girl Mans Up shows us how damaging traditional gender roles can be." Maya (the Nocturnal Library) (Goodreads)

"Do you want to read a book with a lesbian character? Read this book.
Do you want to read a book with diverse characters? Read this book.  
Girl mans up has been a great discovery. I'm not a big fan of contemporary books because I don't really enjoy these type of stories, but the synopsis of this book was so interesting that I had to buy it.."  Penelope (Goodreads)

"Really enjoyed this book. There were a couple characters that I wanted to punch in the face often but it was a great book overall." Melanie (Novel Descent) (Goodreads)

About the author
"My debut novel GIRL MANS UP hit shelves in September 2016 (HarperTeen/HarperCollins and HarperCollins Canada).

When I'm not writing, I'm usually working, or playing video games, or watching Netflix, or reading, or eating pizza, or...picking up chihuahua poo."