In a judgemental world, can your students see Two Sides?
Interest Age 13+ • Reading Age 8–9 • Word Count 4000
Two Sides is comprised of books with two first-person narratives which run parallel to each other along a carefully structured timeline. One ‘bystander’ narrative presents a narrow perspective of the main character, usually coming from a place of ignorance or prejudice. The other narrative is voiced by the main character, revealing the broader reality of their situation and what it’s really like to be in their shoes.
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These thoughtful and inclusive stories sensitively address some of the more complex experiences of many teenagers today, with subjects covering domestic abuse anxiety, gender identity, sexuality, racism and loneliness. They are perfectly pitched for struggling and reluctant readers aged 13+ who have a reading age of roughly 8-9, fulfilling a need for lower level age-appropriate fiction with the look and feel of a ‘real’ book. This compelling series will grab the interest of your students whilst cautioning them not to assume that they know what someone else is going through, just because of how things look on the outside. They are gripping, hard-hitting and emotional, and are a stark reminder of what it means to be an individual. We hope your students like them as much as we do.