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Princess Princess Ever After

30025791Title: Princess Princess Ever After
Author: Katie O’Neill
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Grades 3-6
Pages: 56
Call Number/Link:  GN J O’Neill, K (we don’t currently own, but other Pinnacle do)

Synopsis: When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress, who wants to get rid of Sadie once and for all.

Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what happily ever after really means — and how they can find it with each other.

Review: I wish I loved this one more than I did. I adore the turning gender roles on its head, which this one does nicely. It also have excellent themes of friendship & heroism as well. I even adore Sadie and Amira, but I wish there had been more. At 56 pages there is very little meat to the story. It’s cute and sweet, but it’s very surface level. I just wanted MORE. I do think that kids will probably still enjoy it, especially if they like the twisted fairy tales. However, something like Princeless may be a better suggestion. I haven’t read it yet (it’s upcoming on my list), but it is much longer than this one and covers the same type of idea.

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Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Graphic Novels, Juv, Uncategorized

 

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I am Jazz

18763344Title: I am Jazz
Author: Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings
Series: N/A
Recommended for: K-2
Pages: 32
Call Number/Link:  JPL doesn’t own, but you can put it on hold

Synopsis: From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teacher.

We don’t own this one at JPL, but I still wanted to do a post about it. Just in case anyone is ever looking for a younger book on transgender. There have been plenty of news stories about transgender kids in elementary, so I figured it could eventually come up. It handles the whole transgender thing very nicely & explains it in a way that most kids could understand. The only thing I don’t like is how they pulled out the stereotypes. Jazz was didn’t like trucks/tools/super heroes, only princess and mermaid costumes, so that meant she HAD to be a girl. And I know it was put that way to make younger kids understand, but there are plenty of girls who like trucks and boys who like princesses. It doesn’t have to be an either or type thing. Other than that it’s an excellent picture book on this subject.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Non-Fiction, Picture Books

 

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Alex as Well

21469086Title: Alex as Well
Author: Alyssa Brugman
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 8th grade & up
Pages: 224
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Brugman, A

Synopsis: Alex is ready for things to change, in a big way. Everyone seems to think she’s a boy, but for Alex the whole boy/girl thing isn’t as simple as either/or, and when she decides girl is closer to the truth, no one knows how to react, least of all her parents. Undeterred, Alex begins to create a new identity for herself: ditching one school, enrolling in another, and throwing out most of her clothes. But the other Alex—the boy Alex—has a lot to say about that.

So, this is one I’m actually not recommending because of how problematic is is. I was super excited to read it, especially since it dealt with an intersex teen, but it did not live up to expectations. Alex splits her personality into girl-Alex and boy-Alex and they’re very gender stereotypical. For example, boy-Alex disrupts the class and makes lewd comments/actions to girls while girl-Alex likes all things sparkly and is inept at tools. Her parents are a problem as well. Even though Alex had ambiguous genitalia, chose to raise her as a boy, & documented all her actions to make sure they made the right choice, they still acted as if her decision to be a girl was from left field. They call her “weirdo” & “pervert” & her mother refuses to call Alex her. In fact, when her mother discovers Alex has stopped her testosterone medication, she starts to hid it in Alex’s food without her knowledge. Even worse, her mom has a “mental breakdown” at the end of the book, almost as if that excuses away how she treated Alex.There is a lot more I could complain about but won’t. (Though you can check out my post if you want to know it all).

All in all, this is one of those books where I’ll let it do it’s thing on the shelf. I’m sure some teens will discover it, but it won’t be one I’ll be hand selling at all.

 

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Realistic, Teen

 

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