Melly loves to play the drums and is stoked to go to Camp Rockaway for two weeks. But just before she goes away, her parents announce that they’re splitting up. Her weeks at camp don’t go exactly as she expected, with the news of her parents’ divorce, her best friend abandoning her, or her strange new feelings for another girl at camp. Does Melly have what it takes to make through camp and, ultimately, as a rock ‘n’ roll drummer?
Of all the LGBTQIA+ children’s books that I’ve read, this is one of the few that involves someone questioning their sexuality. In most LGBTQIA+ fiction, especially children’s, the characters tend to already know their identity. Melly’s confusion about her feelings is something that isn’t discussed in fiction as often as it probably should be. I could imagine that a child who is questioning their identity could find comfort in reading a story about another questioning individual.
Beyond that, Melly’s journey throughout the story is extremely realistic. She’s written just as she is – a middle school girl coming to terms with herself. It’s not an easy or smooth road. It is, however, something that I’m sure a lot of LGBTQIA+ children experience. Literature like this is so important in order to let these kids know that they’re not alone in what they’re feeling. I’d love to see more books like Drum Roll, Please in the future.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
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