When 18-year-old Dara's tennis coach encourages her to start competing in tournaments, her mother, Mellie, is strangely reluctantly to help her get a passport. So Dara goes looking for her birth certificate and is shocked to discover that the name under "father" is Mellie: she is a trans woman and transitioned after Dara was born. Seeking answers, Dara sets off on a road trip with her best friend, and between her travels and the emails Mellie sends her, she'll slowly learn important truths about identity, love, and her family history. This compassionate novel, full of humanity and hope, celebrates the power of being your true self.
Three different conventions are being hosted in the same hotel — and three girls are hoping to make their dreams come true. Drummer Phoebe is ready to beat all the boys and prove she belongs at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention; writer Vanessa is meeting her internet girlfriend for the first time at WTFcon; and taxidermist Callie just wants to connect with her distant father at the World Taxidermy and Fish-Carving Championships. A luggage swap in the lobby creates a little chaos... but maybe the three girls need a little mixing up to realize that success at a convention isn't always what you planned. Told in alternating chapters, this laugh-out-loud story celebrates individuality, passion, and the joy of unlikely friendships.
Claudia and her best friend Monday are inseparable... but she didn't receive any letters from her while she was away over the summer. And when Monday doesn't show up for the start of school, Claudia knows for sure something is wrong. Monday's mother and sister won't give Claudia a straight answer — but how can a teenage girl vanish without anyone noticing or caring? As Claudia investigates her friend's disappearance, she starts to wonder just how long Monday has been missing.... As she jumps between Claudia's Before and After, author Tiffany D. Jackson explores tough issues about bias around missing children, mental illness, and how truth can heal, even as it hurts.
16-year-old Claire adores the TV show Demon Heart, particularly the character played by Forest. So when she meets him at a convention Q&A — and Forest laughs at her idea that his character could be gay — she's heartbroken. And to the producer's dismay, the LGBTQ+ community and the show's fans are up in arms at Forest's response. So they hire Claire to join the cast for the rest of the publicity tour, resulting in a series of convention appearances that make Forest rethink his assumptions about sexuality — and help queer Claire find the courage to be true to herself. This loveletter to fandom includes a sweet LGBTQ romance.
Stress is a major mental health issue for today's teens — and it's no wonder, with so many things on their plates. Fortunately, there are also techniques that teens can learn to apply to calm their bodies, quiet their minds, and manage their stress. In this book from the Instant Help Solutions series, teens will figure out the strategies that best help them manage negative thoughts and feelings, so they can create a stress-management plan that works. With its accessible advice and techniques drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy, this book provides relief and relaxation for stress-out teens.
1954's Brown vs. Board of Education was a critical ruling in the desegregation of US schools — but getting there was a long road. The name on the case came from the family of Linda Brown, a black third-grader refused entry to an all-white Topeka, Kansas, school, but there were many additional families involved, including children in South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin explores the complex history behind this key court decision, as well as the modern, not fully desegregated, school system. This compelling account will open young readers' eyes to the work — and sacrifice — behind the case that's often forgotten.
In the mid-1800s, Myrtilla Miner had what seemed like a ridiculous plan: she would open a school for African American girls, right in the heart of the slaveholding South. Even fellow abolitionists thought it was impossible, but on December 3, 1851, Miner opened the School for Colored Girls — the only school in Washington, DC. dedicated to training African American students to be teachers. Miner battled her own poor health to defend her school, facing stonings, arson, and a crowd of "rowdies" she discouraged with open displays of target practice with her revolver. This book from the Women of Action biography series highlights a little known abolitionist and educator who refused to give up on the right to education.
Rosa Bonheur was used to being unusual: she became a painter when few women could get an education in art, and cheerfully visited slaughterhouses to learn about animal anatomy. She kept pet lions and wore men's clothing to visit a horse fair, where women were not allowed. And she kept amazing company, receiving an award from Empress Eugénie and befriending Buffalo Bill Cody! This accessible biography of the groundbreaking painter and sculptor captures both the context of her world and her own unusual place in history, and includes gorgeous reproductions of some of her most famous paintings.