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Any family wanting to have a discussion about gay marriage and civil rights could use this book as a jumping off point- you don't have to be in California and know the ins and outs of the proposition itself to get something from this book.
In the story, a young girl's named Alex has a best best friend that tells her that he can no longer be friends with her, because her parents aren't married. Because her parents got together at a time when gay marriage was not legal, they had a commitment ceremony before adopting their children. Alex wants her moms married, and decides to launch "Operation Marriage" with her brother Nicky. The plan is to get their moms hitched before Proposition 8 bans gay marriage for everyone.
I like that the story deals with sadness and fear that comes from being different. It also deals with the frustration kids feel when singled out by bigotry. What I don't like is the light-handed treatment of marriage. While this is a kids book (and perhaps that is why the subject gets the treatment it does here), we are not privy to the moms' conversations about "why marriage" and so the whole subject comes off as "why not have a party?"I believe that the authors were trying to err on the side of kids' empowerment rather than get into heavy handed legal-ese about marriage- so I can still recommend this book to you.
Formal Rating:Title: Operation Marriage
Author: Cynthia Chin-Lee and Lea Lyon
Publisher: PM Press and Reach and Teach Press
Price: $14.95 USD
Topics Covered: civil liberties, prejudice, youth empowerment, politics, LGBT issues, families
Target Audience: children ages 2-10
Witch Mom Rating: Two and a Half Hats