Molly Frost is FED UP... Because Liza got dress coded and Molly didn't, even though they were wearing the exact same outfit. Because when Jessica was pulled over by the principal and missed a math quiz, her teacher gave her an F. But the final straw is when Olivia uses her sweatshirt to cover a period stain, and gets dress coded for wearing a tank top without getting the chance to explain. Now the class camping trip is canceled — and everyone is mad at Olivia and not the inconsistent, unfair dress code.
So Molly starts a podcast called Dress Coded, and before long, more and more girls are telling their stories: Talia's "inappropriate" Trinidadian hair, Molly's own struggles to find shorts that are "longer than her fingertips," the burden the dress code puts on low-income families. It turns out plenty of students are mad... and they're ready to take action. This timely middle grade novel, told in podcast transcripts and letters, uses the story of one girl sparking a rebellion against an unfair dress code to celebrate girl power, friendship, and activism.
"As Molly’s podcast followers mount, others post photos of dress-code shaming on Instagram, revealing the harm caused by policing girls’ appearances while ignoring social, cultural, and economic realities that govern their lives and clothing choices.... Readers will root for them as they discover that taking action makes an effective antidote. Timely, engaging, and full of heart." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Publication Date||Jul 7, 2020|
|Publisher||G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers|