Saturday, December 27, 2014

Gracefully Grayson


When 6th grader Grayson looks in the mirror, "he" doesn't see the shiny athletic pants and long, baggy t-shirt everyone else sees. Instead, he imagines a shimmery, flowing skirt. But as he gets older, it is getting harder and harder to envision himself on the outside the way he feels on the inside. Something's gotta give. He has always been the quiet, serious kid who eats lunch by himself in the library and who the teachers call on if they need someone to give the right answer. Despite a shy nature, when his school puts on the play, Persephone, he comes to a crossroads. For the first time, he feels he may be able to express his, or more accurately, her true self in the title female role. But are her classmates ready to see "him" as a "her"? How will her aunt and uncle (with whom she has lived since the age of 4 when her parents were killed in a car crash) respond? Will she be able to reconcile the relationship with her cousin who has become antagonistic toward her over the last few years? Gracefully Grayson, by Ami Polonsky, is a sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes heart-warming read about courage, friendship and family love.
reviewed by Holly

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