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En says hurtful things she sounded every bit as annoyed as an actual girl in her situation would be likely to sound After all it seems as though she s lost her best friend Tina ver the relationship and Tina s brother and father The Reformation (World History Series) often express sentiments filled with bigotry and an elementf bullying As June prepares to enter a pie baking contest at the fair and ponders the possibility f love blossoming between her and best friend Luke the author describes an idyllic setting beset by division ver same sex marriage while also folding in yummy descriptions Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One of fresh fruits such as blueberries and raspberries that make readers mouths water I loved that juxtapositionf sweet and sour in the book This is a sweet book about a 12 year Date With A Dead Doctor old girl whose mom is a lesbian and is soon to be married to her partner It takes place in Vermont when same sex civil unions had just been legalized and there was a significant amountf backlash with this take back Vermont campaign where people were convinced ueer people were going to take Signs in the Heavens: A Jewish Messianic Perspective of the Last Days Coming Millennium over their state Vermont beingne Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of the first states to allow same sex couples to get married I wonder if this specific context might be lostn a lot Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy of middle readers which would make the context for this book confusing If you really didn t know what the situation was it would make a lotf the book confusing which is definitely a flaw here The book should stand without having to know that contextI did appreciate the way this book evoked the easy feeling Witchopoly of summertime in a rural place when you were 12 swimming exploring the woods boating riding your bike going to the country fair working at your family s business helping with your family s farm I also liked that the main character June was allowed to feel conflicted about her mom s sexuality and her getting married it felt very realistic that a kid would emit somef the homophobia around her and have trouble standing up to homophobic kids and adults although I wondered at the author s choice Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most of making June s mom always having beenut as a lesbian having had a kid Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro on herwn using a donor To me it felt strange that all this gay stuff nly became a problem for June when she was 12 I would assume a kid growing up with a lesbian mom would have already dealt with a lot f the feelings that June is struggling with at 12 wouldn t the prejudice against her mom have always been there But hey I don t know any ueer parents with 12 year lds so But it did feel like the story would have made sense if June s mom had recently come ut as a lesbian The recurring metaphors and similes related to pies and to the lake were mostly nice and effective my insides congealed a little like a pie left ut vernight June s feelings Boarding House of Hunks of anxiety mirrored by a rough windy dayn the lake although they felt a bit verused by the end f the book I think this is a 3 star rather than 4 star read for me because I did feel like I could always see even if just in the corner Bec (The Demonata, of my mind an adult presidingver this story What I want from kids lit is an immersion in the child s per. He Champlain Valley Fair pie competition But a backlash against Vermont’s civil union law threatens her family’s security and thei.
This is the first middle grade book I ve read that discusses the marriage The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of two women and the discrimination and prejudice they face The story is told by June a 12 yea It s difficult to find good LGBT themed books for middle school students so I was excited when a bookseller gave me an advanced copyf this at NCTE last month publication date 2012 The story All twelve year ld June wants is to enter her first pie in the regional summer fair Her efforts are complicated however when a local group begins to protest Vermont s new law permitting civil unions At first June tries to ignore what s happening but when the group s actions start affecting her family her mother s business and her mother s plans to wed her girlfriend Eva as well as her friendships she has to figure ut where she stands As the summer passes June is forced to ask herself a number f difficult uestions Will she enter the contest even though her mother has asked her not to Will she accept Eva into her family Can she still be friends with people whose parents condemn her mom The content here is substantive but Gennari keeps the book light and June is genuinely likeable And even though the book has its ccasional teaching moments here s a primer n Vermont s law it s a surprisingly affecting read I d absolutely make this available to all middle school readers June and Luke had a code system using a flashlight Green I can play Yellow I can t and Red trouble Every morning ne Our Planet: Our Home of them will lookut their bedroom window and flash a color informing the Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 other so they could plan their day June helped her mother at her shop Stillwater Marina Luke helped his father in his sculpting shop Vermont was just allowed gay marriages MJ Junes mother was going to marry Eva her fiance The prejudicesf those around June started to caused problems June was losing her friends MJ shop was struggling June was having a difficult time accepting Eva June does a brave act and is a hero and she goes against her mother to prove herself Middle SchoolBullying LGBT friendship bravery Found in LGBTIA Positive Children s Books Although the book has aspects that are a tad didactic and some f the disharmony is resolved too easily I still enjoyed this title in part because f its honesty and in part because Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of its explorationf a topic not ften tackled in books for middle graders June and her mother have lived happily n Lake Champlain in Vermont all f their lives But now that Eva her mother s significant ther has moved in and the two women plan to wed everything seems to change As the women s relationship becomes pen many f the area citizens turn n them and they find themselves at the center f an anti gay firestorm with signs extolling Vermonters to Take Back Vermont and A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) others advocating that citizens support the rightsf gay couples to marry with signs saying to Keep It Civil Twelve year ld June is wonderfully imperfect and real torn between loving her mother and being embarrassed about her relationship with Eva When she grows angry at Eva and mistreats her and ev. Twelve year ld June Farrell is sure f ne thing she’s great at making pies and she plans to prove it by winning a blue ribbon in
Spective and this didn t uite do it Also it s implied that June figures In the End out that she s straight and suddenly I knew by the endf the book because she realizes she has a crush n her friend who s a boy she worries a bit in the book if she s going to turn ut like her mom This is nitpicky but I wish this ueer book hadn t implied that bisexuality isn t an ptionAlso there is a rad librarian character in here who is a great support to June and stands up to the homophobes yay radical librarians There s a really cute scene where the librarian comes into June s mom s store and June s like ah what are you doing here and the librarian replies well I don t live in the library June A wonderful middle grade fiction about a twelve year girl whose mother just happens to be marrying another woman during an eventful Vermont summer My manager came to me with this book and said he d written a review f it for the library system s magazine and it was turned down because f the subject matter WHAT This book features a librarian as ne f the main positive and accepting adult figures and the library system is shutting it down Because it s about gay marriage Oh I am so ashamed I know it s Oklahoma and people here are homophobic way than Vermont which is where the story takes place But still Libraries and librarians are supposed to be the nes who support We don t censor even when all anyone wants to read is urban smut Amish mysteries and vampires We provide the books and ideas without letting ur personal feelings get in the way It s what we re known for But apparently in Oklahoma there are limits Or maybe by not posting it in ur magazine and just uietly The Age of Treachery offering itn the shelf we re providing service without raising the hackles f the commission who aren t librarians The book has a good message that goes deeper than just don t be a homophobic jerk It s about standing up for yourself doing the right thing and making a kick ass pie All good topics The protagonist is a twelve year ld but I think it s perfectly appropriate for younger readers I simply adored this debut novel by Mrs Gennari June the main character was believable and I really enjoyed her development and being inside her head Loved this line and how it relates to the novel s subject matter and all the characters It was weird the way people could be good and bad June aged 12 her mom MJ and fianc e Eva live near Vermont It is summer holiday time and June s plans are to win the local pie baking competition and spend time with her best friend Luke However almost from the beginning the signs are there that problems are not far away At first it is a short note then June is bullied due to MJ and Eva being lesbians The hostile behaviour The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of some intensifies uickly and June s unease increases as much as thatf Eva and MJ Seemingly good friends Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of the family suddenly take part in a movement directed against the law that allows civil unions The situation is wearing down MJ Eva and June who sometimes wishes she had a father insteadf Eva June worries about her family and. R business Even when faced with bullying June won’t give up n winning the blue ribbon; importantly she won’t give up n her famil.
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