Ami Polonsky: World Made of Glass (A Glenview Public Library Program)

We are excited to partner with Glenview Public Library this Pride Month for an event with the award-winning children's author Ami Polonsky. She will discuss how to turn real-life experiences into best-selling books and will share the inspiration for her tender and earth-shattering newest book, World Made of Glass! This heartbreaking, heart-mending, middle-grade fiction novel about love, grief, friendship, and community will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. This book is perfect for kids in grades 6th through 10th. Copies will be available for purchase, and Ms. Polonsky will be happy to sign her works! 

This library event is free with registration. Registration will open on Monday, May 1st on the library website, for more information, please CLICK HERE

More About World Made of Glass: March 1987. The FDA has just approved AZT as the first drug to treat AIDS. But it's too late for Iris's dad. He's dying, confined to a hospital bed in the apartment he shares with his boyfriend, J.R. (who Iris hates), four floors above Iris and her mom. Soon, all Iris has left of her kind, loving dad are memories, photos, and a binder full of the poems they used to exchange. As Iris navigates her rage and grief, she resolves to speak out against the rampant fear, misinformation, and prejudice surrounding AIDS--and find the pieces of Dad that she never knew before. In the process, she discovers surprising sides to J.R., the joy of true friendship, and the power of her own voice in school and at home.

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

More About the Author: Ami Polonsky is a reading and writing tutor, mother to two children, and author, among other things. A former Language Arts teacher and literacy coach, she remains passionate about guiding children toward a love of books and helping create lifetime readers. Ami lives outside of Chicago with her family. She can be found online at

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Glenview Public Library
1930 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL 60025
World Made of Glass By Ami Polonsky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316462044
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 17th, 2023

An “inspiring” (Kirkus, starred review), “heartfelt” (The Horn Book, starred review) coming-of-age novel about a girl finding her way to activism in the early years of the AIDS pandemic, from award-winning author Ami Polonsky.
Iris tries to act normal at school, going through the motions and joking around with her friends.