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This is a collection of LGBTQ+ stories, each one written in a way that's easy to read and that leave you hooked. Stories are told from the perspective of an LGBTQ+ person or from a child of an LGBTQ+ parent, and each one has a lesson. I think this is a book that should be read not only by people from the community but also by straight people so they can understand better part of our struggle with accepting ourselves, our orientation and the hardships of rejection by society. Also, if you are confused by your sexual orientation, this can help you.
Though I am not in the age range of 9-12 anymore, I will say after reading the reviews posted on Amazon giving this book high praise I had to make the purchase - and in my opinion the book does live up to my reading expectations. The authors are quite talented and focusing on teen sexuality, most of this stories continue to play out in our everyday society with teens and young adults alike who are struggling to come out or battling for acceptance. Each story, from each well-known author, has it's own voice, writing style, and time period. Not to mention there is too a well blend of racial diversity, then the general white prospective, which many tend to read in other lgbt literatures. I would say even though the book is aimed at preteens, I believe anymore could read this relate to the stories one way or another.
This collection of short stories are sweet tales about teen-agers discovering their sexuality or coming out. This is a book i wish i had read when i was 16... and would make a great gift for any young teen - no matter what their sexuality- to teach tolerance and acceptance. For similar type things... try Francesca Lia Block's "Weetzie Bat" books... also very sweet books that deal beautifully with homosexuality at the young adult reading level.
This book is one of many that I purchased as a personal collection when I was a teenager and felt very alone in my queer identity. There are many short stories included, some funny, some sad and then uplifting. I would recommend it to young and older readers alike who are feeling alone in their journey. This book was comforting.