Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker

Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker. 304 p. Penguin Young Readers Group, June 4, 2017. 978045288504.

Publisher synopsis: When Felix Yz was three years old, a hyperintelligent fourth-dimensional being became fused inside him after one of his father’s science experiments went terribly wrong. The creature is friendly, but Felix—now thirteen—won’t be able to grow to adulthood while they’re still melded together. So a risky Procedure is planned to separate them . . . but it may end up killing them both instead. 
This book is Felix’s secret blog, a chronicle of the days leading up to the Procedure. Some days it’s business as usual—time with his close-knit family, run-ins with a bully at school, anxiety about his crush. But life becomes more out of the ordinary with the arrival of an Estonian chess Grandmaster, the revelation of family secrets, and a train-hopping journey. When it all might be over in a few days, what matters most?
Told in an unforgettable voice full of heart and humor, Felix Yz is a groundbreaking story about how we are all separate, but all connected too.

I learned about this last week when the author penned a guest post and cover reveal on The Nerdy Book Club. If this thoughtful, newsy blog about all things children's literature isn't in your feed, it should be. 

I have always been interested in diversity in my school library collection, including books with lgbtq characters. I worked in a K-8 school my first ten years as a school librarian and a 5 - 8 grade middle school for the last nine. In the early days, the available titles seemed more geared to a high school audience. Thankfully, the last five or ten years have brought us some wonderful titles such as, The Misfits by James Howe; So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez, Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and its sequel, Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle; Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky; George by Alex Gino; Drama by Raina Telegemeier; and Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart. There's always room for more quality literature.

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