A Boy Named Queen

By Sara Cassidy
Groundwood Books
Ages 8–12

Fifth grader, Evelyn, doesn’t know what to think of the new boy in school. His name is Queen and he has long hair, wears shiny shorts, and seems to attract a lot of negative attention from the other students. The two strike up an unlikely friendship and Queen teaches Evelyn about his protective force field against negative energy. This book is a great introduction to novels for young readers and teaches kids an important lesson about acceptance, confidence, tolerance, and embracing individuality.