by Mette Bach
Seventeen-year-old Ash has been living with her mother in her mother's boyfriend's house, along with his daughter Mimi and son Noah. When Ash's mother dies, Ash stays so she can attend a high school with a top coding program. But her stepsiblings take advantage of Ash's precarious living situation, with Mimi posting embarrassing pictures of Ash online and Noah making her do his homework. Ash's only solace is the social media app she has developed to support people who are being bullied online.
Using the handle Cinders, Ash starts chatting online with a girl who calls herself Charming. They become close, without ever meeting in person. When Ash finds out that Charming is Char, an aspiring singer who goes to her school, she admires her courage in identifying herself as a lesbian and singing about it. Char helps Ash see her own strength in not letting her situation cause her to be bitter, but instead using it to reach out to help others. For the first time since her mother died, Ash feels like someone sees that she is special and is there for her.
With a modern version of Cinderella as the main character, Cinders tells the story of a teen girl who overcomes adversity and bullying with kindness and compassion.
About the Author
A young gay man finds the courage to stand up for himself in an LGBTQ twist on Romeo and Juliet. Romeo gives Julian the strength to face his depression and take a stand against homophobia.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 4Lexile Reading Level: HL660LA young woman follows her heart to find her voice in a modern LGBT retelling of a classic fairy tale.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 3Lexile Reading Level: HL520LA believable portrayal of a politically active LGBTQ teen who has always identified as a lesbian. When Freyja finds herself attracted to a South Asian boy, she comes to a new identity for herself as bisexual.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18