Dress Coded

Dress Coded[Download] ✤ Dress Coded By Carrie Firestone – Heartforum.co.uk 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 rebellionMolly Frost is FED UPB 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 rebellionMolly Frost is FED UPBecause Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top when she had to keep her sweatshirt wrapped around her waistBecause Liza got Dress Coded and Molly didn t, even though they were wearing the exact same outfitBecause when Jessica was pulled over by the principal and missed a math quiz, her teacher gave her an FBecause it s impossible to find shorts that are longer than her fingertipsBecause girls bodies are not a distractionBecause middle school is hard enoughAnd so Molly starts a podcast where girls can tell their stories, and soon her small rebellion swells into a revolution Because now the girls are standing up for what s right, and they re not backing down.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Dress Coded
  • Carrie Firestone
  • English
  • 08 May 2018
  • 1984816438

10 thoughts on “Dress Coded

  1. Alicia says:

    Focused on issues related to women s bodies, objectification, sexualization, puberty, andthis middle grade novel hits all of the right elements of a conversation to have with EVERYONE about policies who they re meant to hurt and who they re meant to help and always being able to have a conversation about them The main character of the story decides to take to the airwaves well podcast airwaves to openly discuss the dress code at their middle school that punished the entire grade wh Focused on issues related to women s bodies, objectification, sexualization, puberty, andthis middle grade novel hits all of the right elements of a conversation to have with EVERYONE about policies who they re meant to hurt and who they re meant to help and always being able to have a conversation about them The main character of the story decides to take to the airwaves well podcast airwaves to openly discuss the dress code at their middle school that punished the entire grade who was promised a fancy field trip if everyone followed the dress code for one girl s dress, but that s not the whole story It s speaking up for oneself and others but also about how it takes a community to uplift It s when others get involved and have constructive conversations that things actually get accomplished While the elements of the story are sad disheartening, the book is focused on building everyone up rather than cutting them down A fab WomensHistoryMonth read

  2. Kristin says:

    I received this eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The gist of this story is that 8th grader Molly Frost begins a podcast called Dress Coded in response to how the dress code at her middle school is handled There is a lot of discrimination and harassment taking place by students and faculty How the students are treated, especially the females, is an important topic However, there is a secondary story that develops and is just as equally important in my opinion illegal I received this eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The gist of this story is that 8th grader Molly Frost begins a podcast called Dress Coded in response to how the dress code at her middle school is handled There is a lot of discrimination and harassment taking place by students and faculty How the students are treated, especially the females, is an important topic However, there is a secondary story that develops and is just as equally important in my opinion illegal use and sales of vaping products In fact, Molly s high school aged brother becomes addicted to vaping and gets into a lot of trouble for selling to middle school students.Honestly, with two major conflicts storylines taking place the message of the story became confusing to me Molly s family is greatly affected by the actions of her brother, that her mother quits her job to be homeThe stress of her brother s actions on the family is very divisive and causes financial strain as well Molly feels invisible in her family, is verbally abused by her brother, and is struggling with the sexism and sexual harassment taking place at school as well as her own confidence and body insecurity This family is in crisis and it was bothersome to me that no one was intervening.To top it off, there is a classmate with CP, another with TBI, and a third exploring her sexuality There s a tornado warning that none of the school faculty seems to know how to handle , a nearby school shooting, and community members who want to kill the bears living in the nearby woods It felt at times that the author was trying too hard to make sure every student who picks up this book can see themself or relate to conflict in some way, shape, or form For a while, I forgot I was reading a book about a discriminating dress code there were so many other things going on And, I m really tired of reading middle grade books full of horrible school officials Why can t the adults trusted to support and educate these children ever be kind, caring, compassionate human beings The behavior of the principal and dean of students in this story is disgusting and went on for years Is it believable that not one single parent or teacher tried to go to the superintendent and or board of education to get it stopped The reader is to believe that the children were tormented at this school for years and no one listened to their cries for help As an educator, this is problematic for me Do every adult and student click in real life Of course not But I d sure like to believe that most if not all, would not accept how the administration treated these students I want kids to know that they can reach out to an adult when they have a problem or concern.This book started strong for me, but quickly fell flat

  3. Nicole Kronzer says:

    I got an ARC of DRESS CODED, and I can t wait to give it to my daughter today when she gets home in a few minutes It s so good and so powerful I love the short chapters they re almost like poetry I love the timely issues I love how complicated the characters are, and that there are good adults one of the characters tells kids to look to the light It s such an important message for kids to hear that if one adult doesn t address the wrong, to keep looking for one who will And that kids h I got an ARC of DRESS CODED, and I can t wait to give it to my daughter today when she gets home in a few minutes It s so good and so powerful I love the short chapters they re almost like poetry I love the timely issues I love how complicated the characters are, and that there are good adults one of the characters tells kids to look to the light It s such an important message for kids to hear that if one adult doesn t address the wrong, to keep looking for one who will And that kids have so muchpower than we let them think they do Both DRESS CODED and THE UNLIKELIES demonstrate what strength in numbers looks like HIGHLY RECOMMEND

  4. Jessica Edelheit says:

    I loved the unique style of this book and I believe its short chapters propelled my reading I couldn t put it down These 13 year olds are the kind of people I wish I had been friends with As a middle school English teacher I will be ordering multiple copies for my classroom library Cheers to Carrie Firestone

  5. Beth says:

    Brilliant This book is a must read for all middle schoolers and their families.

  6. Amanda says:

    I completely loved this book and enjoyed cheering along Molly and crew as they took a stand for themselves Sadly, dress codes like the one in this story are all too common in schools and I love the way this book addressed the negative impact they can have on girls There were a lot of great layers to this story Molly s relationship with her brother and family overall , the various friendships amongst students, encounters with school staff both positive and negative This book has humor and I completely loved this book and enjoyed cheering along Molly and crew as they took a stand for themselves Sadly, dress codes like the one in this story are all too common in schools and I love the way this book addressed the negative impact they can have on girls There were a lot of great layers to this story Molly s relationship with her brother and family overall , the various friendships amongst students, encounters with school staff both positive and negative This book has humor and heart and such an empowering message for students that they can question things and be the catalyst for change

  7. Allie says:

    I wasn t expecting much when I picked this up Lately, all YA realistic is just nothing but an author trying to be super relevant and diverse and they plug in all the buzz words into their story that don t belong there and ruin it.This author She did not do that She made it relevant to kids today and it didn t feel forced or fake I thought of so many of my students in these characters Up until reDing this, I was pretty stubborn on my belief in the need for a dress code It actually changed m I wasn t expecting much when I picked this up Lately, all YA realistic is just nothing but an author trying to be super relevant and diverse and they plug in all the buzz words into their story that don t belong there and ruin it.This author She did not do that She made it relevant to kids today and it didn t feel forced or fake I thought of so many of my students in these characters Up until reDing this, I was pretty stubborn on my belief in the need for a dress code It actually changed my mind a little I loved that it wasn t just about dress code It had depth and heart and shows reAders that everybody is going through something Bonus the narrator is a little snarky

  8. Christina says:

    4.5 stars I picked up an advance reader copy of this book at the Public Library Association conference last week I m not a librarian, but do work in book publishing, and I m always on the lookout for books for my niece She ll be ten this fall, and this book is listed as for 10 It s an excellent book, but I think she s still a bit young for it The main characters are all 12 13, which seems a good age for readers of this novel, though obviously it depends on the reader The plot deals with g 4.5 stars I picked up an advance reader copy of this book at the Public Library Association conference last week I m not a librarian, but do work in book publishing, and I m always on the lookout for books for my niece She ll be ten this fall, and this book is listed as for 10 It s an excellent book, but I think she s still a bit young for it The main characters are all 12 13, which seems a good age for readers of this novel, though obviously it depends on the reader The plot deals with girls going through puberty, including developing breasts and menstruation, as well as some crushes and sexual identity The protagonist also has a brother who sells vaping pods to younger kids So a ten year old might find it confusing or unrelatable if she or her friends aren t at that stage yet But girls at that stage will particularly appreciate characters and experiences they identify with.The novel focuses on 8th grader Molly Frost who overhears her classmate, Olivia, being reprimanded by two male teachers for breaking the dress code This has serious repercussions, because the class was promised a camping trip if they managed not to break the dress code When the novel begins, the whole class is angry with Olivia because the trip has been cancelled But Olivia had a very understandable reason, and Molly sets out to help her The novel demonstrates a refreshing contrast to the mean girl stereotype, as girls pull together in support rather than tear down classmates But then Molly goes further, determined to change the unfair code that is extreme no bare shoulders, not a hint of midriff, shorts longer than your fingertips, no tight clothes all the rules only apply to girls The code is also enforced unevenly depending on the student, as well as overzealously in a damaging way, both psychologically as girls constantly worry about being reprimanded, as well as academically as they re pulled out of class for reprimands, all ostensibly so they don t distract the boys Molly doesn t want future girls to suffer.I don t recall having a dress code when I was in school I even dug out one of my high school student handbooks from the 1990s to check I keep everything, and am disturbingly organized The only thing it says about dress code is, Students areexpected to dress in a manner that does not interfere with the work of the school or create a safety hazard to themselves or others So that aspect was hard to relate to personally The instances in this novel seem a bit unrealistically extreme, but that makes for good fiction And I do know it s a timely topic.As an adult, initially I couldn t help seeing both points of view in this novel It seems some reasonable guidelines about attire make sense, but I also know fashion trends can make following them difficult I kept thinking of that low rise jeans trend, where girls and women would show off their underwear every time they bent forward, whether intentionally or not Super short shorts tend to cycle regularly into fashion I could relate to the girls difficulty in finding shorts longer than their fingertips As an adult, I ve faced that issue and have a lotoptions There s also the fact that they re right in between child and becoming an adult They want to wear what makes them feel good, and aren t thinking about being sexy But the rules are centered on clothes viewed through a lens of sexuality They re rules from an adult point of view, and it s particularly disturbing that they re often enforced by men which some of the girls point out in their own way.One of the main things I enjoyed was seeing what it s like being a kid today Granted, I recognize this is fiction, and exaggerated to entertain But so much has changed since I was 13, it s like reading about another culture actually, I think it is reading about another culture The author uses a nice mix of ways to convey the story, including transcripts of Molly s podcasts, letters, lists, and group chat texts Community wide conversation is such a new thing, but for Gen Z it s a norm It s also especially relevant to this story, and Molly is a kind person who is conscious of being inclusive and seems to have a lot of friends When I was a kid, we relied on pay phones and knew where they all were, every restaurant had one The Internet launched nationally when I was a teen My version of social media were AOL s first chat rooms, where you could essentially text on a desktop computer with complete strangers None of my friends were on it, and each room only allowed 23 people Initially there was only one teen chat, and it was often empty or only had a few people Being able to conference call became a thing when I was in high school, and I remember one evening when we got over 30 kids on the same call because we could But all our phones were tethered, many still by coiled cords My friends and I even had our own primitive form of texting In high school one year I had a centrally located locker with a strange quirk if you pulled the handle and kicked the right spot, it opened I let my friends leave their stuff there as needed, because several had lockers in the far corners of the school that were hard to get to between classes I also had a magnetic notepad on the door where we d write each other notes and make plans Just like texting, right Our communication wasintentional,one on one, and far less invasive It makes me wonder if that contributed to a culture of social clicks If you have to call people individually to make plans, you might limit a group just because of logistics In this novel, they use group texts that include the whole class in various discussions They also have some sort of GPS app that shows you where specific people are So any of your classmates can see if you re at a particular friend s house or at the mall if your phone is on I don t know if this is a real app, but suspect it is as the others are they also use Instagram I can t imagine living constantly with that level of scrutiny.I m curious about how accurate all of this is from a young reader s point of view But it is good fiction I read almost the entire book in one sitting, and had trouble putting down The page count is on the high end for this age group, but many of the chapters are only 1 or 2 pages, so there s a lot of blank space.I think the characters are both relatable and people you d want to spend time with It also taps into Gen Z s passion for activism I d recommend this book for school libraries and pre teens or young teens I really enjoyed it.My goal is to pass the ARCs I got at PLA to someone who will help support the book So my plan for this is to take it to the children s librarian at my local library

  9. Jennifer says:

    Molly Frost is your typical 8th grader She struggles with self esteem and body issues, she works hard to do well in school, she s finding her place between new and old friends as kids grow, mature, and change Unlike other 8th graders, though, Molly s family is falling apart Her 17 year old brother, Danny, won t stop vaping and is starting to sell vaping pods to other kids, including kids at Molly s school Molly is constantly stressed and feels like her family is falling apart When she sees Molly Frost is your typical 8th grader She struggles with self esteem and body issues, she works hard to do well in school, she s finding her place between new and old friends as kids grow, mature, and change Unlike other 8th graders, though, Molly s family is falling apart Her 17 year old brother, Danny, won t stop vaping and is starting to sell vaping pods to other kids, including kids at Molly s school Molly is constantly stressed and feels like her family is falling apart When she sees her friend get yelled at and humiliated by two male teachers at school for wearing a shirt that shows her shoulders, she s finally had enough Molly starts Dress Coded the Podcast.Activism is new to Molly, but she doesn t let that stop her Somehow she manages to become a safe place for other girls to talk about their experiences getting dresscoded and the effects of the podcast snowball intoconcrete protests While the main theme of the story is the dress code and the efforts Molly spearheads to change it, there are secondary stories about vaping, family dynamics, bullying, body image, misogyny, romance, and kids exploring their sexuality While this might seem like a lot of issues for one middle grade novel to tackle it is , somehow as a reader I never lost sight of the plot or point of the story It all felt real to me Yes, Molly was overwhelmed, but I remember being completely overwhelmed in middle school, too Yes, there s a ton of crazy issues in the book, but none of them felt forced or thrown in just for kicks.This book was an easy, quick read, but the themes are so timely and the author handled them seamlessly and I never felt lost or distracted It was beautifully done and I highly recommend this book to any reader from 6th grade and up.Disclaimer I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own

  10. Sacha says:

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review I ll post that review upon publication.Updated 7 7 203 stars This is a wonderful concept, and it is truly charming to watch and listen to the main character, Molly, outline her grievances, make space for others, and find creative outlets notably a podcast for achieving these goals Molly notices the injustice surrounding dress coding early on, but it s a particular instance that proves the fi Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review I ll post that review upon publication.Updated 7 7 203 stars This is a wonderful concept, and it is truly charming to watch and listen to the main character, Molly, outline her grievances, make space for others, and find creative outlets notably a podcast for achieving these goals Molly notices the injustice surrounding dress coding early on, but it s a particular instance that proves the final straw the targeting of a particular classmate who isdeveloped than some of her peers, who has an embarrassing moment that all people with periods can relate to though I wish this were not embarrassing that s a whole other deal , and who gets publicly shamed for baring her shoulders on campus The entire scene really transports the reader back to middle school and provides some solid empathetic horror After getting this classmate s story, the m.c continues recording first hand experiences and becomes quite the activist While the premise is excellent and there are many strengths, there are a few aspects of this novel that did not work for me Molly a middle schooler talks and writes like an established adult a confident one at that I ll avoid spoilers, but there are various interactions in which she ispoised and eloquent than most adults would be in her the same scenario It isweird In general, her voice always felt like an adult was writing her, and that is tough in a middle grade novel but possible to escape For a recent example, see Julie Murphy s _Sweet Pea_ On the other hand, Molly s mom is unbearable There is a true role reversal going on that I did not understand The mother is weirdly obsessed with Molly s future prom datein four years However, she seems to have no clue what either of her kids is actually doing or how to provide guidance or support Their dynamic was crazy making for me I also found this novel to be way too long The dress coding situation is a great frame, but other aspects like the vaping and quick mentions of the kids identities were random and not well integrated All of these components have promise, but I wish there had been some thorough reworking in the noted areas This concept is absolutely worthy of a read, but I did find myself really frustrated by some of what I felt I was wading through on the journey

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