Category Archives: Jacqueline Woodson

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

Jacqueline Woodson, 1995. Melanin Sun has been keeping a diary since he was little, and collecting stamps too, despite his friends’ taunts of “faggot” when he pursues these activities. Mel has it all figured out, though: “I knew it was … Continue reading

Posted in 1995, black, Jacqueline Woodson, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, realistic | 6 Comments

How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity

Michael Cart, ed., 2009.  The long break since my last post reflects my difficulty with finishing books of short stories.  I have trouble getting into them; they’re just too short and I don’t have the chance to identify with the … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Ariel Schrag, asian american, biracial, bisexual, black, college, David Levithan, drag, Emma Donoghue, epistolary, Eric Shanower, fantasy, Francesca Lia Block, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, Gregory Maguire, high school, historical, Jacqueline Woodson, Jennifer Finley Boylan, Julie Anne Peters, lesbian, Margo Lanagan, Michael Cart, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, Ron Koertge, secondary queer character, short stories, trans, Willam Sleator | 2 Comments

No Such Thing as the Real World: Stories about Growing Up and Getting a Life

An Na, M.T. Anderson, K.L. Going, Beth Kephart, Chris Lynch, and Jacqueline Woodson, April 2009.   Six stories by six award-winning YA authors, and I can’t decide which I like best.  It’s not Going’s tale of a girl living in her … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, An Na, Beth Kephart, biracial, black, Chris Lynch, fat, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, high school, Jacqueline Woodson, K.L. Going, M.T. Anderson, problem novel, prostitution, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, short stories | Leave a comment

After Tupac & D. Foster

Jacqueline Woodson, January 2008. This excellent middle-grade novel follows the lives of the unnamed narrator and her two best friends, Neeka and D. The narrator lives across the street from Neeka and has known her since they were toddlers, but … Continue reading

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