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Martin McLean, Middle School Queen [KINDLE] ❆ Martin McLean, Middle School Queen By Alyssa Zaczek – Thomashillier.co.uk In this bighearted middle grade debut, Martin McLean struggles to find his voice and his inner diva as he navigates friendship, family, first crushes, and a whole lot of glitter Seventh grader Martin In this bighearted middle grade debut, Martin McLean Middle School MOBI î struggles to find his voice and his inner diva as he navigates friendship, family, first crushes, and Martin McLean, eBook ↠ a whole lot of glitter Seventh grader Martin McLean has always been surrounded by people who can express themselves His mother is an artist, his colorful McLean, Middle School MOBI õ T o Billy works in theater, and his best friends Carmen and Pickle are outgoing and don t care what other people think But Martin can only find the right words when he s answering a problem at a Mathletes competition until his t o introduces him to the world of drag In a swirl of sequins and stilettos, Martin creates his fabulous drag queen alter ego, Lottie Le n As Lottie, he is braver than he s ever been but as Martin, he doesn t have the guts to tell anyone outside of his family about her Not Carmen and Pickle, not his Mathletes teammates, and definitely not Chris, an eighth grader who gives Martin butterflies When Martin discovers that his first ever drag show is the same night as the most important Mathletes tournament, he realizes that he can only pull off both appearances by revealing his true self to his friends and channeling his inner drag superstar.


10 thoughts on “Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

  1. Michelle Stimpson Michelle Stimpson says:

    When I was nine, I read ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT S ME MARGARET by Judy Blume and I had an epiphany I wanted to do THAT I wanted to write books that would sit next to Judy Blume s on the shelves Books about real stuff Hard stuff When Martin McLean was twelve years old, he saw his first drag show and he had an epiphany he wanted to do THAT He wanted to be on that stage with all the lights, and make up, and glitter and he wanted to strut his stuff.I hope you ve had that feeling I hope you un When I was nine, I read ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT S ME MARGARET by Judy Blume and I had an epiphany I wanted to do THAT I wanted to write books that would sit next to Judy Blume s on the shelves Books about real stuff Hard stuff When Martin McLean was twelve years old, he saw his first drag show and he had an epiphany he wanted to do THAT He wanted to be on that stage with all the lights, and make up, and glitter and he wanted to strut his stuff.I hope you ve had that feeling I hope you understand exactly how it feels to find the thing you want to do And I hope you find the courage to do it I hope reading MARTIN McLEAN, MIDDLE SCHOOL QUEEN helps you to be brave


  2. Megan Megan says:

    Holy Normalizing Queerness for Kids, Batmanwhen I don t have to leave for work, but uh Don t sleep on this one, kids The casual diversity and representation of ALL kinds is fantastic, the focus on friendship and family is amazing, the conversations about exploring and discovering yourself and who you are and how you want to present that to the world are beyond wonderful and really hit home for those of us who didn t know what the heck we were back in middle school This book is fabulou Holy Normalizing Queerness for Kids, Batmanwhen I don t have to leave for work, but uh Don t sleep on this one, kids The casual diversity and representation of ALL kinds is fantastic, the focus on friendship and family is amazing, the conversations about exploring and discovering yourself and who you are and how you want to present that to the world are beyond wonderful and really hit home for those of us who didn t know what the heck we were back in middle school This book is fabulous, and everyone should read it Especially kids Especially kids I just hearteyes repeating infinitely


  3. Emily Monaco Emily Monaco says:

    I had the distinct pleasure of reading this d but it s funny, it s heart warming, it s human, and it s incredibly touching, with messages of being true to yourself and learning to trust the people who care about you Martin is sure to captivate and dazzle readers old and young


  4. Kristel Kristel says:

    At first I was skeptic because I realized the book wasn t own voices and it had an irish cuban boy questioning his sexuality as a main character Can this author tell this story It was enjoyable and I was happy to read in the acknowledgments how many different people helped her built this book.I ve been to a few drag shows and I ve been present when the magic, the transformation, happened And it s truly magical Drag queens are fierce and you feel it just being in the same room with them I lo At first I was skeptic because I realized the book wasn t own voices and it had an irish cuban boy questioning his sexuality as a main character Can this author tell this story It was enjoyable and I was happy to read in the acknowledgments how many different people helped her built this book.I ve been to a few drag shows and I ve been present when the magic, the transformation, happened And it s truly magical Drag queens are fierce and you feel it just being in the same room with them I loved how our young mc found his calling after a show.There were tons of mentions of delicious food I too eat since I m Ecuadorian, but not so often since I live in Italy and italian food is much faster to cook, and my mom thinks ecuadorian food is really fat Which it is, but that s one of the reasons it s delicious The random spanish in the conversation can be off putting but I realized that s exactly how my parents talk It felt like home.So, I say you give this little book a chance even if you had your doubts It can be a pleasant surprise I will still try, as always, to support own voices There are just so many books to read, I needtime


  5. Amelia Rosegrant Amelia Rosegrant says:

    What would you call a group of drag queens anyway A sparkle A monarchy A glamour So who cares who you love What matters is that you do love Martin McLean, Middle School Queen is such a gorgeous book I needed this book in middle school I loved the representation of a questioning child and how well it explored that knowing or not knowing your sexuality is a journey There was so much in this book that I related to adoption rep, anxiety rep , and so much that I know my students will conne What would you call a group of drag queens anyway A sparkle A monarchy A glamour So who cares who you love What matters is that you do love Martin McLean, Middle School Queen is such a gorgeous book I needed this book in middle school I loved the representation of a questioning child and how well it explored that knowing or not knowing your sexuality is a journey There was so much in this book that I related to adoption rep, anxiety rep , and so much that I know my students will connect to as well Martin is being raised by a single mother, and when he has a panic attack at school she invites his uncle to live with them so he has a male influence around What Martin doesn t know is that his uncle is a well known drag queen Martin decides that he wants to enter a drag competition to see if it will help him enhance his confidence and maybe figure out his sexuality But the drag competition is the same day as his regional mathlete tournament, so he must figure out how if he can do both He s also struggling with keeping his new drag life a secret from his closest friends and his mathlete team, because he fears they won t accept him.I will recommend this book to so many of my middle school students, as well as any adult who wants to read an adorable, fun, affirming book Also bonus points for the author being a Columbia College alum


  6. C.trayn C.trayn says:

    A smart, funny and compelling book The characters are well defined and real Great small town life details and amazing chemistry between these middle school friends AndCelia Cruz Holy Cow How on earth does a young twenty something author know about Celia Cruz One whole star is just for that Go directly to YouTube and look you up some Celia Cruz before, during or after you read this book Yo Vivre


  7. Benji Martin Benji Martin says:

    This one is definitely unique I ve never read a middle grade novel like it.


  8. Sharon Sharon says:

    A wonderfully written first person perspective from a boy who is confused about who he is and who he believes he should be This is a must read for anyone who has ever felt lost and confused in a world which tries to fit everyone into behaviors that fit the norm.


  9. Ms. Yingling Ms. Yingling says:

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusMartin Lives with his artist mom who is Afro Cuban in Bloomingtom, Indiana, but his father, who is of Irish descent, lives with his new family When Martin has an anxiety attack at school and his concerned teacher calls home, his mother invites his T o Billy to stay with them and be a male influence for a while, while he and his husband are moving to Chicago Billy takes Martin to a club near campus that puts on drag shows Martin is surprised that Billy is a pe E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusMartin Lives with his artist mom who is Afro Cuban in Bloomingtom, Indiana, but his father, who is of Irish descent, lives with his new family When Martin has an anxiety attack at school and his concerned teacher calls home, his mother invites his T o Billy to stay with them and be a male influence for a while, while he and his husband are moving to Chicago Billy takes Martin to a club near campus that puts on drag shows Martin is surprised that Billy is a performer aka Cassie Blanca , but also enthralled by the idea He explores creating an alter identity with his uncle and comes up with Lottie Leon, whom he bases a bit on the performer Celia Cruz While he and his uncle bond over heels and wigs, Martin also has to lead his school Mathletes team to competition He hangs out with his friends Pickle who is very small for his age and Carmen as well Both of his friends are very supportive of his new interest, and they are also okay with the fact that Martin thinks he might be gay, but isn t really sure When he starts to hang out with Chris, another mathlete, he finds him attractive and starts to think that he may be gay, but the two just become better friends When the local all ages drag competition is at the same time as the mathletes one, Martin must rely on his friends and family for help in taking part in both Strengths This is certainly the first middle grade book I ve seen about the world of drag performing, although I have read a YA one years ago Martin s family situation is interesting, with the very common fact of having his father live far away and the uncommon fact of his mother being an artist blending together well Billy is a good addition, and his interest in introducing Martin to his world is understandable Bloomington is fortunatelyopen to drag performing than Ohio is, but there is apparently youth interest in it Playing off the extrovert activity of performing against the somewhat introvert one of mathletes was fun Also, I got to learn about an art form that was completely foreign to me, and even looked up the video of RuPaul singing Sissy That Walk Weaknesses It was a bit of a stretch for me that Martin went from being a quiet mathlete to wanting to do drag so much It seemed an abrupt shift, although his feeling of empowerment while in character was described well What I really think I had a brief upswing in students interested in theatrics and performing when we had a teacher who ran a drama club, but I will have to see how much interest there is now that that teacher has left Books on this topic usually gather dust, but I do have a growing population interested in LGBTQIA books, so I will consider purchasing


  10. Karen Kline Karen Kline says:

    Martin is a shy, brainy seventh grader His favorite part of the day is math club, Junior Mathletes, that is He s hoping his team makes it to the regional competition again this year Math class should be a breeze, since his best friends Pickle and Carmen are in his class The only problem is Nelson, the kid who thinks he s funny but he sof a bully who says hurtful things when teachers can t hear One day Nelson slings a zinger, and Martin is horrified that Nelson seems to think he likes Martin is a shy, brainy seventh grader His favorite part of the day is math club, Junior Mathletes, that is He s hoping his team makes it to the regional competition again this year Math class should be a breeze, since his best friends Pickle and Carmen are in his class The only problem is Nelson, the kid who thinks he s funny but he sof a bully who says hurtful things when teachers can t hear One day Nelson slings a zinger, and Martin is horrified that Nelson seems to think he likes boys Martin doesn t know who he likes He s never even had a crush.The incident makes Martin moody, and his mom can tell something is amiss She just can t get Martin to talk to her about it Martin s dad is out of the picture He left years ago, so Martin s mom invites Tio Billy, her brother, for a visit Tio and his husband are moving to Chicago, and Bloomington is right on his way Tio ends up taking Martin under his wing and out to a hip coffee house near the University, and Martin gets his first chance to see a drag show It stirs up a lot of feelings for Martin, and pretty soon he s sure that he wants to compete in the upcoming amateur night drag competition.Turns out the drag show event is also on a big night for the Mathletes What s a kid to do I loved the Latinx flair of this book Little bits of Spanish are popped in here and there making the culture come through without feeling contrived I also loved the texting interludes that Martin has with his friends which make the book all theauthentic for today s connected kids and the target audience More than that, though, I enjoyed the honest portrayal of a kid trying to explore his creative side with the acceptance of his mother and the wisdom of an uncle who has literally walked the walk down the proverbial catwalk The middle school friends have the typical misunderstandings and awkward moments, but ultimately the book turns the cringeworthy moments into life lessons that make it relatable to anyone who s been to middle school.Put this book on your lists of Pride worthy LGBTQ titles, but don t hesitate to just recommend it for its realistic portrayal of adolescence So many good lessons for equity and inclusion here Every library needs a copy


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