Social Justice Department

Parrotfsh (2007) Wittlinger, Ellen

This fast read follows Grady through the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas as he comes out as Trans, facing issues of acceptance and rejection at school and at home. Grady turns out to be a very normal boy who, like every teen, must deal with vexing issues of self-identity. To his credit, he does this with courage and grace. The book is an excellent resource for building awareness about, and serving the increasing number of, Trans teens. Gr 6+.

Newsgirl (2009) Ketchum, Liza

When ambitious and strong-willed Amelia moves to San Francisco in 1851 with her two mothers, she must masquerade as a boy to realize her dream of first hawking newspapers and then working as a reporter. Gr 5+

Misfts, The (2001) Howe, James

Being different, name-calling, empowerment. Excluded students band together to challenge cliques and bullying. Gr 6+

The Manny Files (2006). Burch, Christian

Shy Keats Dalinger learns from his unconventional male “nanny” to be more self-confdent and out-going while the “manny” becomes more and more a part of the family. Gr. 5-8

The Marvels (2015) Selznick, Brian

Two stand-alone stories–the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose–create a beguiling narrative puzzle. Gr 5-8.

Luna (2006) Peters, Julie Anne

Regan is fiercely protective of her brother Liam and his secret desire to be Luna. She fears 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. Gr 6 +.

George (2015) Gino, Alex

A bright, bold debut about a girl who was born a boy, but refuses to let that stand in the way of her dream.
Gr 3-7.

Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century Long Struggle for LGBTQ rights (2015) Pohlen, Jerome

Who transformed George Washington’s demoralized troops at Valley Forge into a fighting force that defeated an empire? Who cracked Germany’s Enigma code and shortened World War II? Who successfully lobbied the US Congress to outlaw child labor? And who organized the 1963 March on Washington? Ls, Gs, Bs, and Ts, that’s who.-Non Fiction. Gr 5-8.

The Boy in the Dress (2009) Walliams, David

Dennis finds his family, friends, and townspeople initially resistant to his desire to wear dresses, but they become his biggest fans on and off the soccer field. Gr 4+.

Out of my Mind (2012) Draper, Sharon

Melody’s classmates and teachers dismiss her as mentally challenged, because her cerebral palsy leaves her unable to walk or speak. But the truth is that Melody’s mind is remarkable: deeply intelligent and with a photographic memory, she’s capable of much more than anyone expects. This thought-provoking novel will open readers’ eyes to the misconceptions about people with disabilities. Grade 8-10.

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