Spotlight on Sunny by Keris Stainton

Keris Stainton’s Spotlight on Sunny is the second in her Reel Friends series, following on from last year’s Starring Kitty, a favourite of mine. The first book was a sweet, tender romance about Kitty, who was in love with another girl, trying to navigate a relationship without at first feeling quite confident enough to come […]

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Spier is sixteen, gay, and not out yet. But he IS enjoying a rather wonderful e-mail flirtation with Blue, another student at his school – it’s just that neither of them know the other’s identity offline. Simon is hoping that the secretive Blue will eventually let him in – and then things take a […]

Diversity & difference

Is it important to read about people with very different lives to you? Should publishers worry about this more? http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/18/james-dawson-diversity-debate-young-adult-childrens-books http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/aug/23/malorie-blackman-teen-young-adult-fiction-diversity-amnesty-teen-takeover-2014