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BKMRK | How can schools approach and support issues of gender identity?

24th June 2018 | Books

BKMRK | How can schools approach and support issues of gender identity?

This discussion is brought to you by BKMRK, the book club operated by Hachette Children's Group. To find out about Lekhika Chaudhary's book of the month as part of the BKMRK book club, click here.

The second book as part of Lekhika Chaudhary's BKMRK book club is The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. Based on a true story, Dashka Slater tells the story of an assault that took place in 2013 in Oakland, California, Sasha (a white, agender, private school student) and Richard (an African-American, public school student) both get on the number 57 bus every day – their journeys overlapping by a mere 8 minutes each day.

One day, while messing around on the bus, Richard and his friends see Sasha napping on the back row. Richard flicks his lighter and sets Sasha’s skirt on fire – causing Sasha to wake up in a ball of flames, resulting in third-degree burns. Richard is arrested for committing a hate crime. But, that’s really only the start of the story….

The book explores the challenges faced by Sasha – being agender – and also the challenges faced by Richard – someone who ahs lost loved ones to murder. There’s a lot of confusion on both sides, and a lot to deal with at a young age. One particularly interesting point that the book explores is gender identity, with Sasha asking her friends and family how they knew what they gender was and how the English language does not offer a ready-made way to talk about people who don’t identify as male nor female. However, other languages (such as Finnish, Hindi, Turkish and Thai) don’t face this issue.

This is a very real life issue which, on the surface of it, it would seem…

Interview with Steven Camden

4th June 2018 | Books

Interview with Steven Camden

Steven Camden is one of the most respected spoken word artists in the world.

Having performed around the world - from Kuala Lumpur to California - he has also written plays for radio, the stage, toured the seven seas and, more recently, written books.

His latest book - ‘Nobody Real’ follows Marcie. For years she’s been hitching a ride on the train of her best friend Cara’s life. Now there’s only one summer until they’re off to Uni together, just like they planned. But, Marcie has a secret, and time is running out for her to decide what she really wants.

But, Marcie has another friend - Thor. Thor was Marcie’s friend, until she cast him out, back to his own world. Time is running out for his too.

Nobody Real’ explores growing up, imaginary friends and having to face our truths in a way that only Steven Camden could - which is why we had to speak to the man himself about his incredible career and the themes behind his book.

James Gilmore interviewed Steven Camden about ‘Nobody Real’, growing up and a whole lot more.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews Steven Camden

James Gilmore interviews spoken-word artist Steven Camden about new book Nobody Real, growing up and a whole lot more. (12 minutes)

Interview with Tom & Giovanna Fletcher

3rd June 2018 | Books

Interview with Tom & Giovanna Fletcher

Writing power couple Giovanna Fletcher and Tom Fletcher (yes, the one who did THAT wedding speech and from the band McFly) have teamed up to write their first book together.

Eve of Man, in bookshops now, asks the question: what if one day, girls just stopped being born? All of a sudden, no new women were being brought in to the world? That’s what happens in Eve of Man. Until one day, 50 years later, a singular girl is born – Eve.


The book picks up when Eve is 16 – and is ready to meet the three suitors that have passed a series of tests to prove their genetic worth. She must pick one of them to breed with – if she doesn’t, the human race is doomed.

Alec Feldman spoke to Giovanna Fletcher and Tom Fletcher about the writing process, including the difficulties of writing with the person you’re married to. Plus, he finds out about their own teenage relationship, and asks the question everybody’s been dying to know the answer to: have they ever thrown up on anyone?

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

Alec Feldman interviews Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

Alec Feldman interviews Giovanna and Tom Fletcher about their new book 'Eve of Man'. (11 minutes)