WE are thrilled to learn that the School Library Journal reviewed Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus in its print edition. We'll share what they had to say and then share news about a review in Advocate Magazine (below):
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Grade 10 Up-This gorgeously produced photo-essay book takes a unique spin on showcasing LGBTQ youth. The young people in the photographs speak for themselves, some in longer form essays, others by writing, scrawling, or drawing directly onto the images themselves. Their words seem truly their own, not edited or filtered through an adult editorial lens, which allows them to be messy, contradictory, inspiring, well spoken, frustrating, occasionally graphic, and interesting, sometimes all at the same time. The photographs are beautifully presented, and the technique of including the subject's writing upon them is compelling. At times the handwritten notes are difficult to decipher, but that adds another intriguing layer of complexity to the work as a whole. Some of the youth also write more at length in formatted sidebars, reflecting on how their thoughts about their identity have shifted since they were first photographed. Some of the other text inserts, like a positive review from the Huffington Post or the Human Rights Campaign, seem out of place but do not detract too much from the reading experience. Smith includes an impressive array of youth, diverse in age, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. One noticeable lack is that none of the subjects clearly identify as trans women, though trans men were well represented. Overall, this is a stunning and unique addition to the existing literature, with an immediately relevant approach.
-Kyle Lukoff, Corlears School, New York City
Reach And Teach is thrilled that The Advocate, one of the world's leading GLBTQQI magazines, did a story on our recently released book, Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus, published by Reach And Teach as an imprint of the wonderful team at PM Press.
Here's a link to their article and here's a link to where you can purchase the book on our site.