Civil and Human Rights

Del Mar teen spreads message of acceptance through children’s book

Del Mar teen spreads message of acceptance through children’s book

With a Tuesday through Friday schedule at Classical Academy High School in Escondido, young Del Mar author Carly Marie Truscott spent nearly every Monday of her junior year reading to schoolchildren across San Diego County. Now entering her senior year, the 17-year-old plans to continue to spread a message of acceptance through her unconventional children’s book, “Fox, Bird, and Squirrel Were Not Friends.”

“I was inspired to write the book after hearing about human rights issues,” said Carly, who specifically pointed to the struggle of transgender children. “I’ve just seen a lot of judgment throughout middle school and high school, and I feel like our culture is not accepting of...

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