March 16, 2016 by Kiersi
Title: THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH’S
Author: Lee Gjertsen Malone
Category & Genre: Middle-grade Contemporary
Publish Date: Out now!
Blurb: Jeremy is the last boy remaining at an all-girls school.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ out of 5
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
To me, one of the greatest struggles faced by children’s fiction is the limiting dichotomy of “boy books” versus “girl books.” Especially in the middle-grade sphere, this strict gender exclusivity—most noticeably on the matter of boys being rarely asked or required to read narratives told by girl characters—leaves out a whole slew of important perspectives to younger readers. When our media is dominated by male stories featuring token female characters, the female perspective becomes, naturally, tokenized; and by extension, rendered unimportant. (more…)
Category Book Reviews | Tags: boy books,gender,Lee Gjertsen Malone,middle-grade,private school,The Last Boy at St. Edith's | 6 Comments
May 7, 2013 by Kiersi
Alter-cover by the fabulous Gillian Berry
I’m shaking as I write this, because I’m both sad and angry. I guess in some parts of the world they call this “frustrated.” Or “sangry.”
I’m sad that as a culture, we’re still divided this way: that some books are girly books, and some books are guy books.
I’m also angry that people still try to pretend like it’s not a problem. That’s it’s not a problem we have to have separate “women-only” book awards, because female authors get so little recognition in mainstream awards (3:10 female to male winners for the Booker). That it’s no biggie when a female author gets slut-shamed while her books get ignored. Or that books by female authors tend to get fluffy, jazzy covers; that female authors have to use pen names to supposedly be marketable to boy audiences (J.K. Rowling?).
Somehow, all this is not a “gendered” problem.
Author Maureen Johnson did a pretty neat piece recently of books written by male authors, with the covers re-imagined as if the author was of the opposite sex or gender queer (also see the top image on this post). And boy, is it fascinating to look at. (more…)
Category Industry, Publishing | Tags: book covers,book marketing,boy books,coverflip,Deborah Copaken Kogan,girly books,Maureen Johnson,sexism in publishing,YA | 10 Comments