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World Made of Glass

Iris tries to act normal at school, going through the motions and joking around with her friends. But nothing is normal, and sometimes it feels like she’ll never laugh again. How can she, when her dad is dying of a virus that’s off-limits to talk about? When she knows that soon all she’ll have left of her kind, loving dad are memories, photos, and a binder full of the poems they used to exchange?

In a sea of rage and grief, Iris resolves to speak out against the rampant fear, misinformation, and prejudice surrounding AIDS — and find the pieces of Dad that she never knew before. Along the way, Iris might just find new sides to herself. In this lyrical, tender, earth-shattering novel, award-winning author Ami Polonsky follows Iris as she channels her grief and pain into love and activism in a compelling story about family, friendship, and community.

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"Iris discovers his diagnosis is no secret when the best teacher at her mostly White private school overreacts with ludicrous terror when Iris gets a splinter and there’s a tiny drop of blood on her finger. How can you grieve when people are so scared that they won’t go near a dead man’s ashes without protective gear? Framed by lovely acrostic poems by Iris and her dad, the book shows a girl focusing her rage and pain into love through the nascent radical activism of ACT UP. An informative author’s note describes the complex relationships of early AIDS activists with Dr. Anthony Fauci and adds factual historical nuance to various elements of the story as presented." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 13
Author Ami Polonsky
ISBN 0316462047
Publication Date Jan 17, 2023
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language English