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World Made of Glass

"This is the best kind of family story, filled with love and, yes, loss, but most importantly with caring."

The Horn Book, Starred Review

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Winter 2023 Indie Next Pick


Junior Library Guild Selection

“The book shows a girl focusing her rage and pain into love… Simultaneously sad and life affirming; a poetry-filled, inspiring call to activism.”

 - Kirkus, Starred Review

“Impeccably written and emotionally powerful.”



“Ami Polonsky has crafted a beautiful story which speaks of courage, family, love, anger, discrimination, ignorance, and hope. …Polonsky has delivered a powerful message to us all that should not be passed up.”

 - School Library Connection, starred review

Beautifully written … with its sensitive portrayal of loss, and its carefully researched depiction of a devastating time in American history, this lyrical novel is highly recommended.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

 "Foregrounding believable, dynamic characters [this novel shows] both the cost of inaction and fear around the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the power of activism to bring change and build community."


- Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A valuable education in AIDS history and emotional wellness.”


- Booklist

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