Feeling like an expanded fashion blog or magazine column, this book should find its audience.

FIND YOUR STYLE

BOOST YOUR BODY IMAGE THROUGH FASHION CONFIDENCE

Style consultant and former monthly style columnist McGraw offers insight on body image, media messages, and clothing as a tool for young women.

Beginning with an explanation that “clothes are tools,” this fashion style guide includes advice about building self-esteem while offering instruction and information about dressing different kinds of bodies. The guide is successfully inclusive, covering dress codes in schools while honoring different cultures and religions and often cautioning girls to be mindful of their lifestyles rather than trying to change themselves. Bright, magazine-style stock photos of young women of many races, ethnicities, and body shapes and sizes decorate every page, and short chapters divided into subsections will appeal to younger readers. Through anecdotes and quotes from teenage girls, McGraw touches on but does not go into depth into online life, such as posting photos of oneself in hopes of receiving “likes” or fearing negative comments; given the importance of the virtual world to her audience, it’s a pity this discussion isn’t meatier. She also discusses gender discrimination in the form of the double standard and induces a sense of urgency to begin working toward a solution. Ultimately, the guide’s goal is for girls to look and feel good in what they wear while maintaining individuality.

Feeling like an expanded fashion blog or magazine column, this book should find its audience. (bibliography, further information, index, photographs, source notes) (Nonfiction. 13-18)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4677-8569-3

Page Count: 88

Publisher: Twenty-First Century/Lerner

Review Posted Online: Dec. 6, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2016

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Small but mighty necessary reading.

THE NEW QUEER CONSCIENCE

From the Pocket Change Collective series

A miniature manifesto for radical queer acceptance that weaves together the personal and political.

Eli, a cis gay white Jewish man, uses his own identities and experiences to frame and acknowledge his perspective. In the prologue, Eli compares the global Jewish community to the global queer community, noting, “We don’t always get it right, but the importance of showing up for other Jews has been carved into the DNA of what it means to be Jewish. It is my dream that queer people develop the same ideology—what I like to call a Global Queer Conscience.” He details his own isolating experiences as a queer adolescent in an Orthodox Jewish community and reflects on how he and so many others would have benefitted from a robust and supportive queer community. The rest of the book outlines 10 principles based on the belief that an expectation of mutual care and concern across various other dimensions of identity can be integrated into queer community values. Eli’s prose is clear, straightforward, and powerful. While he makes some choices that may be divisive—for example, using the initialism LGBTQIAA+ which includes “ally”—he always makes clear those are his personal choices and that the language is ever evolving.

Small but mighty necessary reading. (resources) (Nonfiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09368-9

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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A powerful reminder of a history that is all too timely today.

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THEY CALLED US ENEMY

A beautifully heart-wrenching graphic-novel adaptation of actor and activist Takei’s (Lions and Tigers and Bears, 2013, etc.) childhood experience of incarceration in a World War II camp for Japanese Americans.

Takei had not yet started school when he, his parents, and his younger siblings were forced to leave their home and report to the Santa Anita Racetrack for “processing and removal” due to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. The creators smoothly and cleverly embed the historical context within which Takei’s family’s story takes place, allowing readers to simultaneously experience the daily humiliations that they suffered in the camps while providing readers with a broader understanding of the federal legislation, lawsuits, and actions which led to and maintained this injustice. The heroes who fought against this and provided support to and within the Japanese American community, such as Fred Korematsu, the 442nd Regiment, Herbert Nicholson, and the ACLU’s Wayne Collins, are also highlighted, but the focus always remains on the many sacrifices that Takei’s parents made to ensure the safety and survival of their family while shielding their children from knowing the depths of the hatred they faced and danger they were in. The creators also highlight the dangerous parallels between the hate speech, stereotyping, and legislation used against Japanese Americans and the trajectory of current events. Delicate grayscale illustrations effectively convey the intense emotions and the stark living conditions.

A powerful reminder of a history that is all too timely today. (Graphic memoir. 14-adult)

Pub Date: July 16, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-60309-450-4

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Top Shelf Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 5, 2019

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