by Dean Atta
In this 2019 debut YA novel-in-verse from Atta, we follow the story of a mixed-race, gay teen in London. We watch Michael blossom from a child who wants to own a beautiful barbie doll, to a young man who is learning to celebrate and embrace his queer identity through poetry and drag performances. Each step of the way, we feel the weight of Michael's worries, his desire to fit somewhere, the ebb and flow of his personal relationships, and ultimately, his ascendance into himself. As the author describes the story, "This is not about being ready, it's not even about being fierce or fearless, IT'S ABOUT BEING FREE". The 4-hour audiobook version is a special treat if you enjoy lovely accents. This title earned the American Library Association's Stonewall Book Award.
Do you know a teen interested in the world of drag? Tell them to join the virtual Dishing Out Drag program this Saturday 6/10 at 4:00 pm as local drag queen Giganta Smalls dishes on what the life of a drag performer is like and maybe pick up a few tips on make-up and costumes! More info here.
See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.