Published by Little on March 6th 2018
Genres: Middle-Grade, Contemporary, LGBT
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When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm--and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.
Mysteriously, Ivy's drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks--and hopes--that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings?
This sounds amazing and I have loved both of Blake’s other books so I’m really excited for this one. But I’m especially excited because it’s a middle-grade book! I think diversity is definitely an area where middle-grade books are lacking. YA is getting better and to be completely fair, I haven’t looked around much for LGBTQ MG books but they certainly aren’t the popular, easy to find, most recommended middle-grade books. I hope this whole trend of more visibility continues to expand and includes more for the middle-grade years because as a parent of MG readers, I would love for them to be able to read books with kids who are all across the sexuality spectrum. They need exposure to that and all kids need to be able to see themselves in books. These are the years that kids are realizing how big the world is and how little they are in it and how differences can be good or bad and how isolating or inclusive the world can be. LGBTQ kids really need representation so they know they aren’t alone as they learn more about themselves and other kids need to see them on the page so they can learn empathy and acceptance. I really hope this is amazing but because it’s Ashley Herring Blake, I know it will be. And I can’t wait to read it!
What are you waiting on this week?