Friday, September 02, 2022

#BookReview: The Pants Project by @cat_clarke

Synopsis: Whoever wrote the uniform policy decided (whyyy?) that girls had to wear skirts, while boys were allowed to wear pants.

Sexist. Dumb. Unfair.

“Girls must wear a black, pleated, knee-length skirt.”

I bet I read those words a hundred times during summer vacation. The problem wasn’t the last word in that sentence. Skirt wasn’t really the issue, not for me. 
The issue was the first word. Girls.

Here’s the thing:
I may seem like a girl, but on the inside, I’m a boy.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This was a great story for my age group. I am also 11 and I loved the story about a transgender student as I am also finding out my identity.  This book had everyone I could ask for in the story and I hope that Clarke does more stories like this in the future.  I will love this book always. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 3–6—A wonderfully sweet middle grade story with a satisfying ending. Liv is starting middle school, and he is nervous. Liv is transgender, but he hasn't told anyone, so everyone assumes he is a girl. He will be attending a new school in the fall, and the dress code states that all girls must wear skirts. Liv takes matters into his own hands and decides to challenge the school's dress code, and along the way he finds allies in unexpected places. Peppered with a diverse cast of characters, including Liv, who is bullied at school because he has two moms, and his best friend, Jacob, who walks with a cane, this is an ultimately upbeat story that celebrates differences. Liv's family members are very supportive, and their Italian heritage shines through in their everyday lives. The hopeful tone makes it easier for readers to grapple with the serious issues discussed, and the happy-ever-after ending will not fail to satisfy. VERDICT Give to fans of Tim Federle's Better Nate Than Ever and Alex Gino's George. A strong purchase, especially in light of the need for younger middle grade fiction featuring transgender characters.—Jenni Frencham, Columbus Public Library, WI  --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Cat Clarke is the bestselling, award-winning author of novels for teens and young adults. She was born in Zambia, brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, and attended university in Edinburgh. Now a full-time writer, she was previously an editor at Scholastic UK, where she worked on nonfiction bestsellers.

--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.

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