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Alan Cole Doesn’t Dance

Author/Publisher/Website: Bell, E.
Copyright: 2018
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Apr/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9780062567062
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 6-8
(View recommended grades and subjects) English Language Arts

Resource Description

Since twelve-year-old Alan revealed at school that he was gay he suffers bullying but is afraid to tell his parents that he’s gay. When his father insists that Alan take his boss’ daughter to the school dance, Alan and his new classmate, who is also bullied, develop a friendship that evolves into a romance and the two use kindness, creativity, and artistic vision to stand up for themselves against the bullies. This powerful story for grades 6-8 is suitable for a read-aloud, literature circle, or whole class novel study, will help students gain insight into challenges faced by gay and other marginalized youth, and can launch discussion about bullying and prejudice and how to fight them in non-violent ways. Log in to read the full review.
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