Selah knows her rules for being normal. She always, always sticks to them. This means keeping her feelings locked tightly inside, despite the way they build up inside her as each school day goes on, so that she has to run to the bathroom and hide in the stall until she can calm down. So that she has to tear off her normal-person mask the second she gets home from school, and listen to her favorite pop song on repeat, trying to recharge. Selah feels like a dragon stuck in a world of humans, but she knows how to hide it.... until the day she explodes and hits a fellow student.
Selah's friends pull away from her, her school threatens expulsion, and her comfortable, familiar world starts to crumble. But as Selah starts to figure out more about who she is, she comes to understand that different doesn’t mean damaged. Can she get her school to understand that, too, before it’s too late? This is moving novel in verse about learning to celebrate the things that make us different is perfect for fans of Counting by 7s or Jasmine Warga.
"In her notebook, Selah writes free verse about being a dragon — a metaphor for all her neurodivergent frustration with social norms. She worries that she shouldn’t share her poetry ('My feelings are loud. Rude. / BIG. Sometimes / angry. Are those OK in poems?'), but the verses ultimately allow her to share her scary feelings. It’s a revelation when she finds fellow neurodivergent geeks at FantasyCon.... Through her poems, Selah believably mends her family and starts a movement in her school, showing readers ways that 'different' can be wonderful." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Author||Meg Eden Kuyatt|
|Publication Date||Apr 4, 2023|