A Plague of Unicorns, Ami Polonsky, book review, Gracefully Grayson, Jane Yolen, Maya Angelou, San Francisco Book Review

Gracefully Grayson — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.”
~ Maya Angelou ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:

Writers Helping Writers has an interesting guest post by Jennie Nash about overcoming book doubts. Click HERE to read it. 
Janice Hardy at Fiction University has some great ideas for ways to your writing up a notch. Check it out HERE.
Kathy Temean at Writing and Illustrating has a good post on Point of View with some suggested reading and good reminders. You can find it by clicking HERE
I have a nice surprise for you. Good news on last week’s giveaway. When I was digging through my ARCs this week, I realized I have TWO ARCs of Jane Yolen‘s A Plague of Unicorns! So this week we have two winners — Janet Smart and Joy Acey! WooHoo for you both. I will be sending your books out this week. If you don’t know these ladies, check out their blogs. Janet blogs at Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch and Joy posts a poem almost every day at Poetry for Kids Joy. Just click on the titles of their blogs to check them out. And for the rest of you, yes, I have another great giveaway this week.
I have grandchild duties tonight, so I have to make this quick. I recently

reviewed a most extraordinary middle-grade novel I hope will find it’s way into classrooms and libraries all over. It’s such an important book and really well written. The book is Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky. Here is the 5-star review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review.

Grayson Sender has a secret. It isn’t that he loves to draw pictures of princesses, but it is that he wants to be a princess. He is sure he is a girl, but no one who knows this sixth-grade boy feels that way. Grayson has kept his secret well, even though it isolates him and has kept him from making many friends. His life hasn’t been easy since his parents were killed in an accident, and he had to move in with his aunt and uncle, although they have done their best to make him feel a part of their family. But when the school play is announced, and Grayson’s teacher says he can read for any role, he decides to audition for the role of Persephone, the female lead. What troubles this begins.
Amy Polonsky has bravely taken on a subject that has not been touched on in middle-grade literature, but few can deny the subject of being transgender is

Ami Polonsky

one young readers should know about. This well-written and sympathetic book should be a great jumping-off point for class discussions and hopefully will allow young people with gender identification issues to lead more normal lives.  

Next week I hope you give you some last-minute shopping tips for the holiday season. And, of course, I will have a giveaway as well, so please stop by. This week I am giving away an ARC of Gracefully Grayson. To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.    

Don’t forget to check out Shannon Messenger’s wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.

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