Totally Joe

Bullying Awareness & Prevention
LGBTQ People & Homophobia/Heterosexism
James Howe
Age Group:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Bullying Awareness & Prevention
LGBTQ People & Homophobia/Heterosexism

Howe continues the story of 13-year-old Joe, one of the protagonists from The Misfits series, in this "alphabiography." As an English assignment, Joe is told to write about his life from A to Z, with each alphabetical chapter ending in a "Life Lesson." Joe reveals his life in short vignettes, discussing with humor his struggles as a gay adolescent, including his relationship with his athletic brother, his first boyfriend and dealing with bullying at school.

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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

Ashley Herring Blake

When a tornado rips through town, Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm—and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.

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