Congratulations on the publication of LO SIMPSON STARTS A REVOLUTION by Melanie Florence publishing today from Orca Book Publishers!

In this funny yet moving coming-of-age novel, a girl finds comfort, and eventually her voice, by writing letters to The Doctor from her favorite TV show, Doctor Who.

Lo and Jazz have been best friends ever since Jazz defended her when Bobby Zucker called her a horse face in second grade. But lately Jazz has seemed more interested in bikinis, boys and bras (ugh), and Lo is still perfectly happy with her comic books and Doctor Who. When Jazz ditches Lo for the It Girls, Lo feels completely adrift…until she overhears someone talking about the latest FanCon. There are others like her!

With help from her new friends, and taking a cue from the Doctor (in whom she confides by writing letters), Lo begins to find her voice. Between giving Bobby Zucker a wedgie for harassing the It Girls, to bringing an abrupt end to spin-the-bottle at a party, to speaking up to the principal and demanding period supplies in student bathrooms, Lo finds her inner activist and the self-confidence that comes with growing up—on her own terms.


“Lo finds her voice and learns how to use it, whether that means breaking up an uncomfortable game of spin the bottle or facing down her school principal on issues of gender equality…Florence tackles topics such as sexism, consent, and menstruation with a matter-of-fact tone that will resonate with readers…A thoroughly modern coming-of-age tale.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Unflinchingly tackles big issues and emphasizes the importance of speaking up for oneself and on behalf of others. A compelling look at friendship, activism, and self-confidence.” – School Library Journal (SLJ)

“Florence writes knowingly about middle-school concerns and thoughtfully tackles issues of gender identity, consent, menstruation, and the general lack of access to emergency hygiene products in schools…With engaging, multidimensional characters […] and a topic not often tackled in middle-grade fiction, this timely tale will be popular with older tweens.” – Booklist

“An insightful novel with a unique protagonist facing a lot of changes…Lo Simpson Starts a Revolution deals with many topics, including women’s rights, consent, social justice, friendship, cosplay, change, bullying, and sexual harassment. Middle school readers will enjoy reading about the way that Lo deals with the challenges in her life. Highly Recommended.” – CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Melanie Florence has been writing full-time since 2010. She is the author of Missing Nimâmâ, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Stolen Words, which won the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and the bestselling Orca Soundings titles He Who Dreams and Dreaming in Color. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Melanie is represented by Amy Tompkins.

Congratulations Melanie!