Recommended Tween Read: Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky


Grayson is twelve and wishes his pants and hoodies were beautiful swirly skirts and pink sequined T’s, and it’s a secret he can’t tell anyone.

His parents were killed in a car accident when he was four and Grayson has lived with his aunt, uncle, and two boy cousins ever since. They’re nice, but it’s not the same, and he doesn’t feel he can trust them to talk about his feelings and confusion.

Things start to unravel for Grayson when he spontaneously tries out for the school play as Persephone  – the female lead, and he can no longer hide how he really feels inside.

The beginning of this book is a little slow, but it’s worth persevering because it grows into a beautiful story with lots of FEELS! A great read for anyone who feels like they might be “different” or like they don’t fit in but also a really awesome inspiring story for anyone about being yourself and following your dreams.

Reading age 10—15

Recommended by: Raschel

Find Gracefully Grayson in our catalogue here


About HB Williams Memorial Library Staff

The HB Williams Memorial Library includes five community libraries and supports the multi-cultural community of Gisborne and the East Coast of New Zealand.
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