Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Ferry, Beth. Stick and Stone. Illus. Tom Lichtenheld. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. Print. Genre: rhyming picture book Summary: A stick and a stone become fast friends after an unfortunate name-calling incident. Critique: This story puts a clever twist on the old saying: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.… Continue reading Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Block, Francesca Lia. Weetzie Bat. New York: Harper & Row, 1989. Print. Genre: YA novella Summary: Weetzie Bat is just your ordinary skinny California girl until she coaxes a genie out of lamp and makes three wishes that will make all her dreams come true…sort of. Critique: You know how Dirty Dancing (1987) used all that… Continue reading Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin

Kuklin, Susan. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. New York: Candlewick, 2014. Print. Genre: Nonfiction Summary: Photographer Susan Kuklin compiles the stories of 6 transgender or gender-neutral teens as they transformed from male to female or female to male. Whichever way they go, these young souls discover that to be happy with who you are on the inside,… Continue reading Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin

Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

Reedy, Trent. Words in the Dust. New York: Arthur A. Levine, 2011. Print. Genre: middle grade (cultural) Summary: Zulaikha might be a young, illiterate Afghani girl, but she already knows how her entire future will be. She will forever live at home, working like a slave for her father’s second wife — a woman who hates… Continue reading Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy