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Many Voices Teen Book Group: Dreadnought

Saturday, April 21 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: S. Donald Sussman Teen Library
Audience: Teens, Teen Reads, Teen Events

Welcome to the Many Voices Teen Book Group, where we explore diversity in Young Adult fiction. This is a social event where readers will have a chance to chat after the discussion and enjoy refreshments throughout. Discussions are led by a member of the library’s Pride@PPL team.

For April we will be reading Dreadnought by April Daniels.

“Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and dies right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantel to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl. It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with ‘curing’ her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in the ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head. She doesn’t have time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer–a cyborg named Utopia–still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.”

About the Series » Many Voices Teen Book Group

Many Voices at PPL Teen is a book group with two purposes:

  1. To recognize the need for all teens to see themselves mirrored in the books on our shelves, and to use fiction as a window into other lives, cultures, and worldviews beyond their own.
  2. To create a space for the diverse teen voices in our own community to share the books that excite and engage them.

This group is open to all teens ages 12-19 interested in exploring diversity through contemporary YA fiction. Each month is a free-choice read based on a unique theme, chosen by the book group members. We meet in the Teen Library on the last Saturday of the month to share about our reading and look forward to seeing you!

Many Voices is open to all teens ages 12-19 interested in exploring diversity through contemporary YA fiction, and is a safe space for everyone, regardless of race, color, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, ancestry, national origin, or physical or mental ability. Discrimination, hate speech, and harassment will not be tolerated.

Please contact the teen staff at teens@portlib.org or call us at (207) 871-1700 x773 with any questions or if you need help finding a book for this month’s topic!