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Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 5U4.243913
Frederick is the shy new boy, and Xio is the bubbly chica who lends him a pen on the first day of class. They become fast friends -- but when Xio decides she wants to be more than friends, Frederick isn't so sure. He loves hanging out with Xio and her crew, but he doesn't like her that way. Instead he finds himself thinking more and more about Victor, the captain of the soccer team. But does that mean Frederick's gay? He hopes not -- he sees how everyone makes fun of Iggy, a boy all the other kids think is gay. Frederick has to deal with some tough choices: Even though he is curious about Iggy, he's just started fitting in at his new school, and he doesn't want to lose Xio, his best friend.
In So Hard to Say, Alex Sanchez, acclaimed author of the groundbreaking novels Rainbow High and Rainbow Boys, of which School Library Journal said, "It can open eyes and change lives," helps younger readers look at self-discovery, come to terms with being gay, and accept people who are different from them.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on October 1, 2004 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0689865643
ISBN-13: 9780689865640
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  • jrp1106
    jrp1106Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 2:29 pm55 stars
    Where to begin with this book, the amazing story of Xio and Fredrick's friendship is one we all want in life. This beautiful story of realization can help other kids with any confusion they may be having and show them that there is always positivity in every situation. One thing I like is that the book is that it includes some real issues that people actually go through; such as bullying and divorced parents' situations. I also like that since the book is based in a setting that has many Hispanics (in the book it mentions Mexicans specifically) the author included Spanish dialogue and had a glossary for all the words that were in Spanish which is very helpful if you don't fluently read Spanish. This book does have some language so I'd say it should be rated 12+. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested.