Taking Up Space: Alyson Gerber with Maya Marlette (VIRTUAL EVENT)

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Sarah loves basketball more than anything. Crushing it on the court makes her feel like she matters. And it's the only thing that helps her ignore how much it hurts when her mom forgets to feed her.

But lately Sarah can't even play basketball right. She's slower now and missing shots she should be able to make. Her body doesn't feel like it's her own anymore. She's worried that changing herself back to how she used to be is the only way she can take control over what's happening.

When Sarah's crush asks her to be partners in a cooking competition, she feels pulled in a million directions. She'll have to dig deep to stand up for what she needs at home, be honest with her best friends, and accept that she doesn't need to change to feel good about herself.


Alyson Gerber is the author of the critically-acclaimed, own-voices novels Braced and Focused published by Scholastic. Her third novel Taking Up Space will be in stores on May 18, 2021. She has an MFA from The New School in Writing for Children and lives in New York City with her family.

Maya Marlette is a Kentucky native and graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in English and minored in Astronomy. She is an Editor at Scholastic, where she’s been since 2016, acquiring and editing fiction for children and young adults. She aims to work on books that empower readers to make sense of their place in the universe. She lives in Astoria, NY

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ISBN: 9781338186000
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 18th, 2021