Sevila’s Pick: Insiders by Mark Oshiro

Insiders by Mark Oshiro

The Insiders tells the story of three kids who don’t belong. They find and connect with each other through a secret room that shouldn’t exist. They all help each other with each of their problems in a magical school year that will change their lives forever.
As a teen, I don’t read very much middle grade fiction but this book made me wonderfully and pleasantly surprised! Héctor is kind sweet boy who found out the amazing meaning of friendship, family, and what it takes to be in community with other people.
My favorite character was Sal. I felt similar to them because I’m also a gender queer person who can never make up my mind on what gender I identify as, and that confuses a lot of people.