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Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” was born into the wrong gender. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, rejection, or worse. Will newfound strength, drawn from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher, be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit? This critically acclaimed novel for middle-grade readers explores identity, self-esteem, and friendship with nuance and heart. James Howe calls Gracefully Grayson "a small miracle of a book" and Rick Riordan describes it as "beautiful and authentic." A former CPS Language Arts teacher and literacy coach, Ami Polonsky lives outside of Chicago with her family. This is her debut novel and she is currently (and happily) plugging away on her second.
Location: Street: 5233 N. Clark St. City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60640-2122 Country: United States (tillagd från IndieBound)… (mer)
With the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign in full swing and the call for more diversity in children's publishing louder than ever, please join the SCBWI Hyde Park/South Side Network for a lively discussion around the current state of children's literature. Four amazing Chicago-area authors will discuss writing characters that are underrepresented in children's books, the journey to finding an agent and publisher, how their books are received, the changes they've seen in the industry, and more. Please come support our lovely and talented local authors: Natasha Tarpley: She is the author of Bippity Bop Barbershop, I Love My Hair (both from Little, Brown), and Joe-Joe's First Flight (Knopf), which feature African-American children as central characters, as well as the founder of Voonderbar! Productions, an independent publishing company that produces multicultural books for children of all ages. http://www.natashatarpley.com/Claudia Guadalupe Martinez: Author of the award-winning The Smell of Old Lady Perfume, set in a border town, and this year's Pig Park, set in a "multiethnic Chicago neighborhood" (both from Cinco Puntos). http://www.claudiaguadalupemartinez.com/main/Crystal Chan: Author of Bird, about a girl who belongs to the only mixed-race family in her town and the tragedy that haunts them (Atheneum). http://crystalchanwrites.com/Ami Polonsky: Author of Gracefully Grayson, a story about a boy "stuck in the wrong gender's body" (Disney-Hyperion). http://www.amipolonsky.com
When: Friday, January 23rd, 6:30-8 p.m. Where: 57th Street Books, 1301 East 57th Street Cost: FREE! Please RSVP to Kate Hannigan KateHannigan@gmail.com so that we can have enough chairs. Come for the wisdom, stay for the brownies!
Location: Street: 1301 E 57th Street City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (tillagd från IndieBound)… (mer)