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"BACKWARDS DAY, set on the planet Tenalp, introduces us to a world where there are seventeen seasons, including one where bubblegum falls from the sky for three days and a single day when everything - everything everywhere - is backwards. Andrea looks eagerly forward to Backwards Day every year, so she can turn into a boy for the day. But one year she doesn't turn along wi ...more
Paperback, 1st, 34 pages
Published 2012 by Flamingo Rampant
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This is a cute story, and I had the good fortune to hear S. Bear Bergman read it live. It follows a child named Andrea who lives on a planet where, once a year, everything is backwards, including gender. However, Andrea secretly wishes she could be a boy all the time, not just on Backwards Day. One year, something surprising happens and Andrea remains Andy even after Backwards Day ends. Ultimately, scientists on the planet conclude Andy is supposed to stay a boy and he goes on to enjoy his life. ...more
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As a trans* person with small nephews, I rejoiced at finding this book - it is a great way to start the discussion with children about gender variance. The story is kind, funny, and affirming.
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S. Bear Bergman is a storyteller, a theater artist, an instigator, a gender-jammer, and a good example of what happens when you overeducate a contrarian. Ze is the author of Butch Is a Noun (reissued with a new foreword by Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010) and Lambda Literary Award-finalist The Nearest Exit May be Behind You (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009) as well as the editor (with the inimitable Kate Bornst ...more
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