Redwood and Ponytail

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An Odyssey Honor book
A Rainbow Book List selection
An NCTE Notable Poetry Book selection
A Booklist Top 10 Romance Fiction Book for Youth

Kate and Tam meet, and both of their worlds tip sideways. At first, Tam figures Kate is your stereotypical cheerleader; Kate sees Tam as another tall jock. But the more they run into each other, the more they surprise each other. Beneath Kate's sleek ponytail and perfect facade, Tam sees a goofy, sensitive, lonely girl. And Tam's so much more than a volleyball player, Kate realizes: She's everything Kate wishes she could be. It's complicated. Except it's not. When Kate and Tam meet, they fall in like. It's as simple as that. But not everybody sees it that way.

From the author of House Arrest and Knockout, this unforgettable novel in verse shares the story of two girls discovering their feelings for each other—a story that will appeal to anyone who’s ever been unsure about the self they’re becoming. Sometimes you know who you’re meant to be with before you know who you’re meant to be.

K.A. Holt is the author of Rhyme SchemerHouse ArrestKnockout, the Kids Under the Stairs series, and several other books for young people. She lives in Austin, Texas.

“The free verse narration is totally accessible, flowing quick and clear, and Holt plays with form, beautifully highlighting the parallel internal journeys, often achieving something akin to a musical duet. Ultimately, this is a middle-school romance concerned with the thrilling, confusing, world-shifting emotions of that age. . . . [A] moving story well-told.” —Booklist, starred review

“A glowing, heartfelt addition to the middle-grade LGBTQ genre.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review


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