The Pants Project

The Pants ProjectThe Pants Project
by Cat Clarke
Grades 4 & up

Liv is not looking forward to starting sixth grade at the new middle school for one big reason. The dress code requires that all girls wear skirts. Liv not only doesn’t like wearing skirts, Liv is pretty sure that she isn’t supposed to be a girl at all. She’s done some research online, and while she hasn’t told anyone yet, Liv learns that there is a word for people like her (transgender) and knowing that makes her feel not so alone. But having a super short haircut and two moms already has her in the crosshairs of the resident mean girl, so she isn’t about to share that with anyone. Plus, her best friend has deserted her. Luckily she finds new friends in unexpected places, and with their help manages to launch The Pants Project, to change the dress code. While this book could seem like a diversity checklist (transgender, same sex parents, immigrants, differently abled), Cat manages to weave it into a powerful story that middle schoolers of all backgrounds will be able to relate to. Recommended for grades 4 & up.

ARC provided by publisher.

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