Rick by Alex Gino
Available At: Challenger, Chinook Trail (MS)
Description: From the author of Melissa, the story of a boy named Rick who needs to explore his own identity apart from his jerk of a best friend.
YA Label?: No
Notes: An eleven-year-old boy joins his school’s Rainbow Spectrum club and decides that he is unsure of his sexuality.
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Page 20: “No, dude, I told you! She was super naked. And hot too. Everyone was staring. Men, women, kids. Even the fish.”
Page 24: “’Wait, is that you, G-?’ Melissa stopped him with a raised finger as well as her voice. ‘I don’t use that name anymore. You can call me Melissa.’”
Page 25: “’I’m a girl. A transgender girl. I wanted to come to school as myself last year, but my mom said I should wait for a fresh start in middle school.’”
Page 94: “‘Hi, I’m Zoe, I’m in eighth grade, and I’m bisexual. My preferred pronouns are she and her. And I’m here because I think LGBTQIAP+ rights are really important.’”