Dress Coded (Hardcover)
Molly Frost is fed up with the inconsistent enforcement of the dress code at Fisher Middle School. She begins podcasting and interviewing students who have been humiliated at the hands of bullies and teachers behaving badly. Isn't middle school already bad enough? Molly struggles with all the trappings of a modern life but she grows and learns. First the 8th grade camping trip is canceled because of a painful, ever so realistic tampon fail. With her older brother causing so many problems and her mother not paying attention, things slowly start to turn around. With the help of a few good teachers, the seniors at the high school, and her closest of friends, Molly starts a revolution. Everyone should have a friend like Molly.— Valerie
In this debut middle-grade girl-power friendship story, perfect for fans of Moxie, an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion.
Molly Frost is FED UP...
Because Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top.
Because Liza got dress coded and Molly didn't, even though they were wearing the exact same outfit.
Because when Jessica was pulled over by the principal and missed a math quiz, her teacher gave her an F.
Because it's impossible to find shorts that are longer than her fingertips.
Because girls' bodies are not a distraction.
Because middle school is hard enough.
And so Molly starts a podcast where girls can tell their stories, and before long, her small rebellion swells into a revolution. Because now the girls are standing up for what's right, and they're not backing down.
About the Author
Carrie Firestone is the author of the acclaimed young adult novels The Loose Ends List, which Kirkus Reviews called "a poignant and important story about compassion, love, and the decision to live life on your own terms" in a starred review, and The Unlikelies, which Bustle declared "the summer read that'll remind you how much good there really is in the world." A former New York City high school teacher, Carrie currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, their two daughters, and their pets. Dress Coded is her debut middle-grade novel.
Four Starred Reviews
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Kids' Indie Next List Pick
A Booklist Editors' Choice
A Rise: Feminist Book Project Selection
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
"A much-needed reminder that certain fights are worth fighting, that while bears of all types may prowl unsettlingly close, fear can be faced down and victories achieved, especially with strength in numbers." --The New York Times
"Timely, engaging, and full of heart." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Full of humor, rage, and heart . . . A triumphant ending shows how systemic change can be made when girls stand together. Absolutely necessary for tweens and teens . . . Straight fire." --Booklist, starred review
"Crackling . . . A deeply, often scathingly honest work of modern fiction." --School Library Journal, starred review
"With timely, important anecdotes that ring painfully true, Firestone cuts to the heart of the damage that dress coding can inflict . . . [A] deeply satisfying, variously inclusive journey with a wonderfully flawed main character." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[Dress Coded] addresses deeper issues such as draconian and prejudicial dress codes, body shaming, name calling, bullying, and vaping . . . The story reflects the ups and downs of middle school, and the validation that comes when one successfully stands up for what one believes." --School Library Connection
"With a perfect mix of friendship, humor, and girl power, Dress Coded is a book readers need." --Stacy McAnulty, bestselling author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
"Dress Coded is a compelling, subversive, emotionally astute story of the pernicious effects of everyday sexism and of the revolutionary potential when girls decide to fight back. An electrifying ode to the power of standing up and standing together." --Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy and The Lost Girl