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Review of If I Was Your Girl

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo High School    Flatiron    290 pp. 5/16    978-1-250-07840-7    $17.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-250-07842-1    $9.99 After being beaten up in a mall bathroom, eighteen-year-old transgender woman Amanda goes to live with her previously unsupportive father in Lambertville, Tennessee, where no one knows her from her pre-transition life. Though she’s […]

Transgender Awareness Month 2016 resources

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November is Transgender Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the lives of trans people, remember those lost to anti-trans hate crimes, and renew our commitment to fight for trans rights. The Trevor Project urges the trans community and its allies to educate others, to be “agents of change, transforming fear and bigotry into understanding and […]

Books for Bisexual Awareness Week/Celebrate Bisexuality Day

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It’s Bisexual Awareness Week, an annual celebration and awareness-raising campaign which includes Celebrate Bisexuality Day (also called Bisexual Visibility Day; this year’s is today, September 23rd). The following YA novels and series span genres and tone, but each features main and/or secondary characters who are bisexual or whose sexual attraction is fluid. All were recommended […]

Where are Jack and Karen?

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I must not be the only one watching Will & Grace reruns. Here are five recent(ish) books starring straight girls and their gay BFFs. You can find more Horn Book LGBTQIA+ resources here (we just can’t get with QUILTBAG). You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison (Houghton) Weird Girl and What’s His Name by […]

I Never Met a Fiction I Didn’t Like: Characters Creeping into Reality, from the March Sisters to Simon Snow

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When @Call_Me_Gil started flirting with @AnneWith_An_E on Twitter, their followers took to calling them “Shirbert.” Yes, that’s two contemporary (fictional) young adults named Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, no realer than the L. M. Montgomery characters who first appeared widely in 1908. In this modern-day webseries re-imagining, Anne (as played by Mandy Harmon) started a […]

Pride Month roundup

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During LGBT Pride Month, we celebrate triumphs — and mourn tragedies — in the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are the Horn Book resources we’ve shared throughout the month. “Happy Pride Month!” (Out of the Box, June 6th, 2016) “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader (March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine) Editorial: […]

Louder and prouder

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At the beginning of this month, I drafted a blog post for use “at some point during Pride Month.” In that post I compared the experience of finding queer characters a few years ago with that of finding them today, and marveled at the speed of positive change. I said that we had further to […]

Transgender lives

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Last November Ellen Wittlinger — author of Parrotfish, the first young adult novel starring a transgender protagonist — took a second look at her groundbreaking book and concluded: “Parrotfish Needed an Update: The Rapidly Changing Language of Transgender Awareness.” Along with her article, we posted a roundup of available books for children and teens featuring […]

Orlando

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We walk in, by ones or twos, flash IDs and smiles. If you are lucky, the dance floor is already crowded and you can simply slip between the sounds, into the movement. There are colored lights spinning over skin, over carefully chosen outfits, over movements practiced in home mirrors, over moments of joy and sweat […]

Review of The Best Man

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The Best Man by Richard Peck Intermediate, Middle School     Dial     232 pp. 9/16     978-0-8037-3839-3     $16.99     g e-book ed. 978-0-698-18973-7     $10.99 Rise and toast The Best Man, Peck’s story about Archer Magill, a boy growing from a raw dollop of kindergarten id into a functional middle-school kid, a budding citizen of the world. As a participant […]