Author: Gino, Alex
Green, a non-binary middle-schooler, comes into their own in no small part by fighting for gender-free casting in their school's production of The Wizard of Oz.
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/23)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/08/2023 Notable author Gino returns to familiar territory, focusing this time on nonbinary middle-schooler Green Gibson, a classmate of previous books' stars, Melissa and Rick. Most of Green’s strong peer group are fellow members of the school’s LGBTQIAP+ group, the Rainbow Spectrum club. Excitement within the club for the school’s production of The Wizard of Oz runs high and raises thoughtful issues around binary casting and gender while highlighting the musical’s queer history. Meanwhile, the production coincides with a blossoming awareness by Green of their crush on crew member Ronnie, prompting Green to reconcile Ronnie’s professed identity with evolving facets of Green’s own queerness. While those new to Gino’s writing may find the exposition overly explanatory, character and action details are delivered in service to accessibility by—and for the education of—younger readers. The return to a theatrical focus and Melissa’s matured confidence should delight fans of the Stonewall Award–winning author’s companion works. After all, “this is Melissa’s world, and we’re all just living in it.” - Copyright 2023 Booklist.