The Classroom Bookshelf
September 8, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
In my upcoming middle grade novel FLIP TURNS, the main character, Maddie, is a 13 year-old with an admirer who continues to pursue her after she’s turned him down numerous times.
January 12, 2021 by Amanda MacGregor
A recommended resource to jump-start difficult conversations.
October 1, 2019 by Amanda MacGregor
This important and well-written look at consent, guilt, blame, pressure, and obligation will inspire much needed conversations for middle grade readers and the adults in their lives.
September 24, 2019 by Amanda MacGregor
In her forthcoming novel, MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU, Barbara Dee explores the serious and complicated issue of sexual harassment in middle school. She joins us to explain why and how she crafted this book, which she hopes will start important conversations.
September 3, 2019 by Amanda MacGregor
This is a fun, standout story about self-examination, self-discovery, friendship, sex education, consent, and honesty.
May 15, 2018 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description For readers of Girl in Pieces and The Way I Used to Be comes an emotionally gripping story about facing hard truths in the aftermath of sexual assault. Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can her brother really […]
February 5, 2018 by Karen Jensen, MLS
Welcome to February, where we are discussing the letters C and D as part of the #YAAtoZ Project. Today we’re talking consent with author Sara Baysinger. For a complete look at the #YAAtoZ posts, go here. Consent. It’s a loaded word with crystal clear meaning, yet somehow the lines still get blurred for *certain* people […]
November 12, 2015 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description: In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both. Bea has a secret. Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not […]
August 14, 2015 by Amanda MacGregor
Part of the Sexual Violence in Young Adult Literature Project has included posts looking at enthusiastic consent, positive and healthy sexual experiences, and on-the-page consensual sex scenes (check out those posts here by Karen Jensen, Christa Desir, and Carrie Mesrobian). While it’s important to look at and discuss rape, consent, abuse, and violence, it’s equally […]
August 12, 2015 by Amanda MacGregor
by Nita Tyndall (@NitaTyndall) We don’t talk enough about coercion as a form of sexual assault, and we specifically don’t talk about it in regards to LGBTQ literature—narratives, as harmful as they are, of boys “wearing girls down” or talking them into sex are seen as commonplace, even acceptable and, on occasion, romantic. […]
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