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  • Miss Peregrine
    I must be the last school librarian to read a Ransom Riggs book! I just finished Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Wow! Talk about mixed genre. This is part historical fiction, part coming of age, and a lot of fantasy. Fantasy lit is not normally my choice, but this book did not disappoint. 
    --Mrs. Tucker
    Posted Sep 27, 2018, 5:45 AM by Caroline Tucker
  • Fall into reading
    The 2018-2019 school year is off to a good start.  My recent books include Ghost (Reynolds is the best!!), Orange is the New Black, Giant of the Senate, Crazy Rich Asians (for my neighborhood book club), and The Aviator's Wife.  Stop by and let me know what's on your fall reading list. --Mrs. Tucker
    Posted Sep 20, 2018, 11:13 AM by Caroline Tucker
  • February vacation reading!
    My favorite young adult novels this this year have been This is Where it Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's The War that Saved My Life, and its new sequel The War I Finally Won. What are you reading this winter? 
    Posted Feb 6, 2018, 3:35 PM by Caroline Tucker
  • I am Malala
    Seventh graders in my Research for Writing classes read ten minutes each class.  I picked up this book today because I don't know enough about life in Pakistan. I cannot imagine a society where some people are considered not worth educating, and I though this was an opportunity to enlighten EB students, even on a small scale. Also, quite frankly, I am embarrassed I haven't read it already. This book is BIG! I don't mean it is long--it isn't.  It is BIG because it carries a message about the importance of education for everyone and the need for global awareness in our smaller world. A fifteen year old girl speaks up for education and is shot in the head by Taliban.  Hey, if she has something to say, I want to listen!  If you do too, stop by the library for a copy.  --Mrs. Tucker
    Posted Feb 6, 2018, 3:34 PM by Caroline Tucker
  • Transgender fiction
    Here are a couple of well-reviewed books worth knowing about. It's a start. If you read well-recommended books besides these, please share. Mrs. Tucker 

    Gracefully Grayson  Amy Polonsky
    Middle school
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    Main character is a twelve year old who has a smart, caring teacher. 

    "Tenderly and courageously told, Gracefully Grayson is a small miracle of a book. Its story is so compelling I found myself holding my breath as I read it and so intimate I felt as if what was happening to Grayson was happening to me. Thank you, Ami Polonsky, for creating this memorable character who will open hearts and minds and very possibly be the miracle that changes lives." -James Howe, award-winning and best-selling author of The Misfits
    From Amazon:  What if who you are on the outside doesn't match who you are on the inside?  Debut author Ami Polonsky's moving, beautifully-written novel about identity, self-esteem, and friendship shines with the strength of a young person's spirit and the enduring power of acceptance.




    George  Alex Gino
    Grades 3-7
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    This new book is gaining positive attention quickly, like Wonder.  Also like WonderGeorge has found a large audience outside the author's intended elem and middle school readers. Here's the NYT feature book review: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/13/books/review/george-by-alex-gino.html?_r=0 

    From School Library Journal    Before her mother and older brother Scott come home, George has a few, treasured moments to experience life as she's always wanted to live it. She looks in the mirror and calls herself Melissa, combs her hair over her forehead to mimic the appearance of bangs, and reads glossy magazines full of ads for lipstick, perfume, and tampons. Once her mom and brother come home, however, the magazines must go back to their secret hiding place. While George has no doubt she's a girl, her family relates to her as they always have: as a boy. George hopes that if she can secure the role of Charlotte in her class's upcoming production of Charlotte's Web, her mom will finally see her as a girl and be able to come to terms with the fact that George is transgender. With the help of her closest ally, Kelly, George attempts to get the rest of the world to accept her as she is. While children can have a sense of their gender identity as early as the age of three, children's literature is shockingly bereft of trans* protagonists, especially where middle grade literature is concerned. George offers more than the novelty of an LGBTQ coming-out story, however. Here, what is most remarkable is the use of pronouns: While the world interacts with George as if she is a boy, the narrator only refers to her with female pronouns, which gives her girl-ness a stronger sense of validation. In addition, George comments on the fact that, in past years, gays and lesbians have achieved a certain amount of visibility and acceptance, while the trans* community is still largely ignored and misunderstood. George's mother remarks that while she can handle having a gay child, she simply can't accept her as "that kind of gay." For George, as is the case for many LGBTQ youth, coming out is a process that she must repeat until she is properly recognized. There is pain in George, but not without the promise of a better tomorrow, even if tomorrow doesn't arrive as soon as it should. A required purchase for any collection that serves a middle grade population.—Ingrid Abrams, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

    Parrotfish  Ellen Wittinger
    High school

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    Published in 2007, this book was re-released in 2015 with current terminology and resources.

    from Amazon: The groundbreaking novel from critically acclaimed author Ellen Wittlinger that tells the story of a transgender teen’s search for identity and acceptance.
    Angela Katz-McNair never felt quite right as a girl. So she cuts her hair short, purchases some men’s clothes and chose a new name: Grady. While coming out as transgender feels right to Grady, he isn’t prepared for the reactions of his friends and family. Why can’t they accept that Grady is just being himself?
    Grady’s life is miserable until he finds friends in unexpected places—the school geek, Sebastian, who tells Grady that there is a precedent for transgenders in the natural world, and Kita, a senior, who might just be Grady’s first love.
    In a voice tinged with humor and sadness, Ellen Wittlinger explores Grady’s struggles—universal struggles any teen can relate to.


    Luna   Julie Anne Peters
    High school

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    This is an older (2006), but very highly regarded, award-winning novel.  The terminology may not be current though.

    From Booklist--Gr. 8-12. Peters tells two stories in this groundbreaking novel--one about Regan, and the other about Liam, Regan's transgender brother, who is the son his father expects by day but a young woman, Luna, by night. Fiercely protective of Liam/Luna, Regan has put her life on hold; she worries about her brother's female self being discovered and the family's reaction, and she fears that her brother may someday give in to despair. While Regan wonders if she will ever be able to have a life separate from the needs of her sibling, Liam seriously begins to consider a permanent change. Peters isn't putting forward a political agenda here. Rather, she's bringing the circumstances surrounding a difficult situation to light, and her sensitively drawn characters realistically encompass a wide range of reactions--from tentative acceptance by a best friend to Mom's feigned ignorance and Dad's total disbelief. The subject matter and occasional rough language will undoubtedly raise some eyebrows, but this book belongs in most YA collections. Cindy Welch
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    Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen    Arin Andrews
    Grade 9-up
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    This is nonfiction--a personal memoir.

    From School Library Journal   Gr 9 Up—In this memoir, a female-born, transgender teenager describes the challenges presented by his transition. Andrews was always pleased to be called a tomboy as a child; in spite of his body, he felt like a boy, and his mother's insistence that he wear dresses and take part in pageants was painful. Andrews's relationship with his first girlfriend, a lesbian, helped him become aware of the fluidity of gender and sexuality and realize that it wasn't so bad to be different. However, his mother saw his girlfriend as a terrible influence and forbade the boy from seeing her. Andrews struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts: Who was he? Why did he feel so out of place? A YouTube video introduced the teen to the idea of being transgender. With the help of a family therapist specializing in gender dysphoria and an adolescent LGBT support group, Andrews began the journey toward transition and taking on his true identity. The teen writes frankly and bravely about his transition and romantic relationships. The tone is more journalistic than personal, which may hold some readers at arm's length, but this is still a solid addition.—Brandy Danner
    Posted Dec 1, 2015, 4:37 AM by Caroline Tucker
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