Gay and Lesbian Students: Understanding Their Needs

Gay and Lesbian Students: Understanding Their Needs

by Hilda F. Besner, Charlotte I. Spungin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560323388

ISBN-13: 9781560323389

Pub. Date: 07/28/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


* This is a brave and necessary choice for the school library. Not only does this book fill a niche that is much needed, but it is an amazing story of friendship and a tribute to how we should be living our lives: authentically." -- School Library Journal, starred review  See more details below

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* This is a brave and necessary choice for the school library. Not only does this book fill a niche that is much needed, but it is an amazing story of friendship and a tribute to how we should be living our lives: authentically." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560323389
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

★ 11/01/2015
Gr 4–6—Melissa is in fourth grade. She has a best friend named Kelly. Melissa loves fashion magazines and playing Mario Kart with her older brother, Scott. And, more than anything, she wants to play Charlotte in the school play, Charlotte's Web. Unfortunately, the world sees Melissa as George, not as the girl she is. Melissa doesn't wonder if she is transgender; she wonders how to explain that to the world. Reactions of those around Melissa range from Kelly's supportive friendship to her teacher's judgmental attitude. Well-meaning comments from her mother remind listeners of the impact of words. As Melissa struggles with bullying, listeners will find themselves championing her. While filling a niche in the middle-grade LGBTQ+ literary canon, this work transcends issues and stereotypes and speaks to friendship, kindness and acceptance. Melissa's story of self-advocacy demands a response from listeners. The honesty and straightforwardness of the text allows for everyone to find their own reflections in the novel. Providing an impetus for discussion, Melissa's journey demands growth from the listener—the most noble of all demands from a book. Jamie Clayton, an outstanding actress and voice in the trans community, delivers a sensitive reading. VERDICT This is a brave and necessary choice for the school library. Not only does this book fill a niche that is much needed, but it is an amazing story of friendship and a tribute to how we should be living our lives: authentically. ["A required purchase for any collection that serves a middle grade population": SLJ 7/15 starred review of the Scholastic book.]—Terri Perper, Olney Elementary School, MD

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