June 2021 Promote Respect

Books of the Month

Ho’onani: Hula Warrior

by Heather Gale; illustrated by Mika Song (Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers)

Ho'onani, who doesn’t see herself as wahine (girl) or kāne (boy), is happy to be in the middle and eager to lead a school performance of a traditional kāne hula chant even though she knows that some may get upset that a wahine is leading.

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A High Five for Glenn Burke

By Phil Bidner (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers)

For Silas, his presentation on the the first professional baseball player to come out as gay is more than another school report—it’s his first step toward telling his family, friends, and teammates about who he is.

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The Music of What Happens

By Bill Konigsberg (Arthur A. Levine Books)

When 17-year-old Max signs on to help fellow high school student Jordan run the food truck that may save Jordan and his mom from homelessnes, the boys find themselves strongly attracted to each other — but their romance is threatened by the secrets they are hiding.

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