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Proud

Magazine article School Librarian

Proud

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Dawson, Juno (ed.)

Proud

Stripes, 2019, pp352, [pounds sterling]7.99 978 1 788950 602

Proud is an anthology of stories, poetry and illustrations by LGBTQ+ authors and illustrators. Each of the ten stories and two beautiful poems at each end of the book is on the theme of pride and feature characters from the whole LGBTQ+ community. The stories within are as diverse as the community it represents, but all are of a high standard. I loved the humour in 'Penguins' by James Green, a story of gay penguins, beautifully paired with Alice Oseman's art. 'On the run' by Kay Staples filled me with warmth, and Cynthia So's 'The Phoenix Fault' was an exotic fantasy about two girls realising that they are more than friends. I loved the friendship in 'The Other Team' by Michael Lee Richardson, the excitement in Jess Vallance's story 'The Instructor' and the depiction of anxiety in 'Almost Certain' by Tanya Bryne. …

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