I am thrilled to introduce Sarah Hoffman the author the popular site Sarah Hoffman – On parenting a boy who is different. Sarah is a fabulous writer. I am honored that we are trading posts today – please check out her blog http://www.sarahhoffmanwriter.com read my piece, and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Operation Marriage.
And leave a comment on my blog for a chance to win a copy of The Girls Club.
Sarah is a writer, an activist, and the mother of a nine-year-old gender-nonconforming boy and a six-year-old super-duper gender-conforming girl. She feels passionately that kids–and grownups!–should be able to be who they are without fear.
Celebrate the Launch of Operation Marriage! Book Review & Giveaway
I’m so excited to share this book with you.
Operation Marriage tells the story of a spunky eight-year-old San Franciscan, Alex, whose best friend shuns Alex because she has lesbian parents. Set during the lead-up to California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure that ultimately banned same-sex marriage, the story shows the impact that the struggle for marriage equality has on children—not just those from gay families, but on all children who witness the fight.
Based on a true story, Operation Marriage offers us universal themes— trust, perseverance, standing up to adversity—but its approach to the particular social challenge of marriage inequality is something I haven’t ever seen in a children’s book. There is power in viewing a problem from a child’s perspective, and much that we grown-ups can learn from looking at the world through Alex’s eyes.
Alex’s parents got married in the slim window that our state allowed them to; others since have not been so lucky. And because I know you’re wondering, ultimately Alex’s best friend comes around in support of Alex’s family. But it happens in a way that makes me cry every single time I read it. Yet no matter how lovely I think this book is, aided by Lea Lyon’s gentle, realistic illustrations, what I really hope is that someday this book will be become part of dusty history, a quaint reminder of how narrow minded our state—our country—used to be.
The super awesome publisher of Operation Marriage is Reach and Teach—you should check out their other titles, too.
Wherever you are, please read and share this important book!
*** to read another great piece by Sarah check out her piece on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-hoffman/keith-ablow-transgender-child_b_1062717.html
Don’t forget to leave a reply for a chance to win a free copy of The Girls Club. The winner will be announced on Sunday November 6th.