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Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

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In this bighearted middle-grade debut, Martin McLean struggles to find his voice—and his inner diva—as he navigates friendship, family, first crushes, and a whole lot of glitter.

Seventh-grader Martin McLean has always been surrounded by people who can express themselves. His mother is an artist, his colorful Tío Billy works in theater, and his best friends Carmen and Pick
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Sterling Children's
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Emily Monaco
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the distinct pleasure of reading this début: it's funny, it's heart-warming, it's human, and it's incredibly touching, with messages of being true to yourself and learning to trust the people who care about you. Martin is sure to captivate and dazzle readers old and young!
Megan
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy Normalizing Queerness for Kids, Batman!

more when I don't have to leave for work, but uh. Don't sleep on this one, kids. The casual diversity and representation of ALL kinds is fantastic, the focus on friendship and family is amazing, the conversations about exploring and discovering yourself and who you are and how you want to present that to the world are beyond wonderful--and really hit home for those of us who didn't know what the heck we were back in middle school.

This book is fabulou
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Ms. Yingling
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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Martin Lives with his artist mom (who is Afro-Cuban) in Bloomingtom, Indiana, but his father, who is of Irish descent, lives with his new family. When Martin has an anxiety attack at school and his concerned teacher calls home, his mother invites his Tío Billy to stay with them and be a male influence for a while, while he and his husband are moving to Chicago. Billy takes Martin to a club near campus that puts on drag shows. Martin is surprised that Billy is a pe
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Carol McCarthy
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Martin is like most of us unsure and anxouse. Alyssa Zaczek does an excelent job portraying how hard it is to communicate if you are not even sure how you feel or what the right words are. By the end Martin has learned alot about himself and some about the wider world, life is looking up.

This book could be a way for some young people to open conversations. Things that are explained to Martin or he works out can give anyone extra insight.

My only quibble with the book i
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Rick Hribko
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Read to see if I could recommend to other students, especially GSA students. Great book for all students, especially GSA. Deals with drag/cross-dressing issues and transgender issues. Great explanations, very informative, and humor to keep it light, informative, and interesting for all students. I am going to recommend to the school librarian and buy more copies for my own room. Thank you, Ms. Zaczek for a book that belongs on all middle school shelves!
Tam
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read an ARC. Great representation. Super cute.
Laura
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-mt-bookpile
Clearly the next step up from the currently popular Drag Queen Story Hours, here were have a seventh grader who decides that drag is one facet of his personal expression (mathelete is another). How these two sides can integrate, and how his friends will react, is something that Martin will struggle with throughout the book. The description of drag culture and norms is well done, and Martin's friends are enjoyably normal.

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Alyssa Zaczek is a fiction author, voracious reader, former (and forever) theatre kid, journalist, home cook, book hoarder, lover of all things vintage, playwright and, most importantly, a human who is very excited to share her words with the world. She is represented by Jessica Mileo at InkWell Management.

Originally from Chicago, Alyssa currently lives and works in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

When she
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