Let’s Get This Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents by Tina Fakhrid-Deen is focused on supporting and empowering children whose parents identify as LGBTQ. According to a recent review, Fakhrid-Deen opens a dialogue for children of LGBTQ families. The author emphasizes how teasing, ignorance, fear, hostility, homophobia, and hatred from the community can impact kids in LGBTQ families. She also discusses challenges and injustice that may result from being a child with sexual minority parents. School, religion, and basically all social interactions are covered. According to the reviewer, this book is aimed at youths and at times the reading is slightly complicated for the ages that it targets.
JK Rowling has added the backstories of characters that fans have been wanting since the beginning of the wildly popular book series. Pottermore.com is described on it’s website as, “a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books”. Only ebook copies of the new Harry Potter series will exist. The books will allow the reader to go through the series with Harry, even finding out what questions the Sorting Hat really asks. Fans will be able to be sorted into their house, find the magic of Ollivander’s and be matched to a wand and more will be revealed.
The website will not be open to the public until October but one million fans will be able to access it early on July 31st- ironically Rowling and Harry’s birthday. There has been such a rush to register their email that the server has crashed several times.
WATCH Ms. Rowling’s announcement:
When 13-year old Joe Bunch is assigned to do a biography for class, he thinks it’s a lame idea; and he definitely doesn’t expect to learn so much about himself during the horrific process of completing the task. The novel Totally Joe (ages 10 and up) deals with subjects such as bullying, homophobia and gay youth. Reviewer Grace Allen Polaneczky says the book is “a short and happy read that’s optimistic and fun. It’s touching and understandable – with some sad parts”. Totally Joe is written in a clever, alphabetical format. “It’s a nice read with great morals, for readers no matter what their sexual orientation“. Also, Read Grace’s blog!