Saturday, July 18, 2020

Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt - ADVISABLE

Redwood and Ponytail
by K. A. Holt
, 424 pages. Chronicle Books, 2019. $19 

Language: G (0 swears 0 'f') Mature Content: PG; Violence: G. 



7th grader Kate is a popular cheerleader, hoping to be chosen as squad captain. When the mascot quits, Kate volunteers to be the mascot, just temporarily, but realizes she loves it. Tam is tall, on the Volleyball team, and often mistaken for a boy, but when she finds Kate in most of her 7th grade classes, they become friends, and maybe something more - for them it means linking pinkies while they walk down the hall. But when Tam's personality clashes with the cheer team, Kate wonders if she will have to give up everything she's worked for to keep the one thing she really wants. Kate is worried about making everyone happy, her friends, her coach, her mother, her sister Jill, even Tam - the one person she isn't making happy is Kate. 

K. A. Holt's 2 voices novel in verse is amazing - sometimes it overlaps, often it's side by side, I loved it. Lyrical, poetic and frantic - mostly the verse was Tam or Kate, sometimes it was others - the outside voices watching the girls' relationship evolve - cheering them on.  A darling coming out story.

Lisa Librarian

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