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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 144
Themes: dress codes, gender studies, gender equality, body shaming, body image, objectification, school life, civil disobedience
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 19/Apr/2016
Fry Reading Level: 4.8
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Eric and his buddies have left behind their all boys school to attend high school with girls. Eager to find his place in this exciting new world, Eric joins the student life committee, unaware that he is expected to enforce the school’s strict dress code. The dress code is particularly harsh on the girls he is keen to get to know. Eric finds this awkward, but it’s nothing compared to the position he finds himself in when the whole school revolts.

Kirkus Reviews
"By making a boy her main character but putting the book's focus on the injustice done to girls, Polak might well appeal across the gender line...The novel moves swiftly and may provoke some thought...intriguing."
CM Magazine
"Monique Polak engages the reader instantly with the first sentences of her book...Leggings Revolt is about a young man who learns about himself while he defends what he believes in. Recommended."
"Students will enjoy this David-and-Goliath story...The hot-button topic of dress codes is a solid focus for this high/low offering."
The Winnipeg Review
"Through novels like this, where readers live in the skin of others affected by this issue, ideas niggle in and take root, perhaps inciting opportunity for discussion at younger ages."
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"Will appeal to both male and female readers who are just beginning high school...The themes of community involvement and civic responsibility are important in this novel."


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