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In this debut middle-grade girl-power friendship story, 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.

©2020 Carrie Firestone (P)2020 Listening Library

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"With a perfect mix of friendship, humor, and girl power, Dress Coded is a book readers need." (Stacy McAnulty, best-selling 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)

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  • Amy Jane Caldwell
  • 12-10-20

My new favorite book

This book is so good I do not even know where to start. The story is a strong, uplifting story about fighting for equality. The characters are instantly likable, and the book is SO relatable for ANY middle schooler that feels self-conscience about how they look. The reading performance was excellent, too! I recommend this to middle school kids everywhere.

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