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Freeing Finch

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  28 reviews
From the author of Hurt Go Happy, winner of ALA's Schneider Family Book Award, comes Freeing Finch, the inspiring story of a transgender girl and a stray dog who overcome adversity to find love, home, and a place to belong.

When her father leaves and her mother passes away soon afterward, Finch can't help feeling abandoned. Now she's stuck living with her stepfather and his
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Starscape
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Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC via Netgalley. Oh boy, how to put this. This book is about a trans protagonist but it doesn't feel like the author has really internalized how bad transphobia feels to the person on the receiving end of it. Finch is trans. Her mother is dead, leaving her with only one supportive adult in her life: Maddy, the grandmotherly next-door neighbor. Her stepfather and her stepfather's new wife misgender her constantly, but Maddy tells her that she should appreciate that they love her and are doing t ...more
Csimplot Simplot
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
Dec 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was wet garbage. Read it if you like tragedy porn.
Norma Watkins
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a grownup who loves books about and for young people. My new favorite is "Freeing Finch," the story of a young girl who finds herself trapped in a boy's body.
When I was growing up, the world was strictly binary, with no tolerance for anything between. We had tomboy girls and sissy boys, but everyone was expected to fit into their assigned slots, find a suitable partner of the opposite sex, marry, and reproduce. I am enchanted with our new world where gender is a spectrum and a fashion mode
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a heterosexual woman raised and imprinted with the values of the 1950’s, I confess it is difficult to overcome my early imprinting about sexuality. Boys are boys. Girls are girls. Period. However, research has shown that there are gray areas in between. These findings, along with books like “Freeing Finch,” help my brainwashed mind accept the reality that gender identification encompasses more than two.

Ginny Rorby tells the story of a transgender teen with compassion, yet doesn’t avoid the st
Johanna Moran
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At its heart, this affecting YA novel is about belonging, about finding one's place in the world. Finch Delgado's gutless father has taken off; her mother is dead. Finch lives with her unemployed stepfather, a man she barely knows, and his wife.

Finch is a transgender girl on the cusp of puberty. Ginny Rorby does not belabor this aspect of the story, but treats it as another challenge for Finch, a challenge no more or less momentous than the others. Rorby has drawn a fully realized adolescent, o
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm hesitant to say that this is a cute story because it has so much truth about being transgender, and not a lot of that is cute. But there are a lot of nice moments in this book. The characters were fun to read. They didn't all understand what Finch was going through but they were all supportive in their own ways and it was great to read about. I think that this will be a great book for younger kids to read to get a better understanding of transgender people. I wish I had a book like this when ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was hoping this book would be an asset to my collection of LGBTQ+ titles in classroom library, but I was underwhelmed. After researching the author I learned that her interest lies more in animal rights which makes sense. The experience of reading it reinforced my commitment to buy #OwnVoices when it comes to LGBTQ+ books.
I don't even have words for how excited I am to read this book!
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy of Freeing Finch through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Freeing Finch comes from the mind that brought us Hurt Go Happy. Ginny Rorby has been known for her stories that seem to touch the hearts of its readers, and Freeing Finch is no exception.
Finch always knew that she was a girl, even from a young age. It didn't matter what her birth certificate or classmates said. She knew who she was. This is a fact that held true, even as her father left, even as he
Susan Bono
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A human may be born with the capacity to cope with grief, bullying, and intolerance, but the skills to do so effectively must be learned. How and when these lessons are delivered is a subject of great debate. Where can we safely begin?

Why not start, as author Ginny Rorby often has, with a girl on the cusp of adolescence who struggles to be understood? Rorby has successfully explored some of the challenges children face when deafness (Hurt Go Happy), autism (How to Speak Dolphin), and PTSD (The O
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Freeing Finch by Ginny Rorby was a middle grade novel full of all the feels. Finch is navigating the grief of losing her mom, the new normal of living with her stepfather and his new wife (one of her mom's nurses), the ongoing absence of her dad, and the reality of her gender identity. Along the way, Finch has found a friendship with Maddy, her neighbor who loves and cares for animals. This gives her a connection she craves and a p
I received this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Finch has known since a young age that she was a girl, instead of her biologically assigned gender. Her father constantly pushed her to do typical boy things, but that just wasn't her. Finch's mother accepted and embraced her daughter's identity. When Finch's father left, she became extremely close with her mother. Shortly thereafter, Finch's mother began to battle cancer. Near the end of her life, she met and remarrie
This was a very moving, engaging middle grade novel about a young trans girl named Finch. While it isn't an own voices book, the author portrayed Finch with respect and dignity.

Finch's dad left and then she lost her mother to cancer, so now she is being raised by her stepdad and his new wife and they don't understand her gender identity. Shy and withdrawn, she doesn't have any friends at school and so the only real bright spot in her day is the time she spends with her neighbour Maddy, an older
Dai Guerra
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a book that broke my heart multiple times and then put it back together. The characters were lovable from the start and I didn't want anything happening to Finch or Maddy. I loved the way that Finch grows into herself and learns how to be herself through so many others. I love the message of a family in this one and how sometimes family looks different than what people might be used to. I really enjoyed how the animals were intertwined in Finch's story, especially the dog, and what Ben ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I started out really enjoying this book - it's a topic that needs to be covered especially for middle school readers, but it failed the farther it went. Suddenly Finch's stepdad sees the light, his stepmother too. As you start the story the stepparents are not very nice to Finch and don't support her "transgenderness" at all. His dead mom did, his best friend and neighbor always supported her. Too much seemed to just fall into place too well and not very realistically.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I got this book as an ARC at a library conference. This is a beautifully written middle grade novel about a young transgender girl who has to navigate coming of age, death, learning what it means to find love and family. While this book tells a lovely story, it’s not an own voices novel and is definitely an effort by a cisgender person to understand and write about experiences that are not their own. So, a good book but I recognize it should be taken with a grain of salt.
Tashfin Awal
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.
Not typically my genre, but I actually found the story adorable! The journey for people of all genders is extremely difficult, but I still found myself relating and hoping for this girl, and overall, while it wasn't the most eventful plot, it still touched my heart.
Freeing Finch is a beautifully written, middle-grade novel. Rorby deftly weaves together so many difficult-to-handle issues together with a sensitive touch. I noticed tears coming to my eyes multiple times as I was reading, yet at its core this is inherently a hopeful tale with broad appeal to readers of all ages and types.
A surprising amount of nuance, especially for a MG book! Characters with both good and bad qualities. It really felt like these were real people trying to do the right thing (the father figure in particular), and maybe making mistakes, but that's life. And some truly excellent trans representation.

This is a really bad cover though 🙈
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of an advanced reader giveaway. This is a heartwarming, sad and educational story about a young transgender girl. She is surrounded by loss but learns there is support and love to be found if you can recognize it.
Jul 21, 2020 added it
Shelves: children
A sensitive story about an 11-year-old coping with the loss of her mother and her father's abandonment as well as the fact that she is transgender.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. So glad to see issues so close to our and many other families being a heart felt and genuine manner
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
No matter their gender identity, young readers will identify with Finch’s struggle to find the relationships she needs to heal her grief and to be who she knows she is in a sometimes scary world.
Jennifer Topp
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book from beginning to end..even if it did make me tear up a couple of times !!
I have always loved reading Ginny Rorby's books and "Finding Finch" is no exception to another great read! Bring tissue while reading. So many great things about this story of Finch who was born a boy but feels she is a girl and lives her life as a girl. Her mom died and her dad left and Finch is living with her stepdad and his new wife. Finch also has her loving neighbor Maddy who rescues animals. I can't say enough about this story. So many great things happening, I just can't verbalize it all ...more
2.5, rounded to a 3 on Goodreads.

Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

Freeing Finch is an important story about a young trans-girl who has lost her mother, is forced to live with her step-father, and who is learning to come into her own. It's the story of unlikely friendships, how to cope with being different, and there's a lot of uncomfortable moments from bullying, to trans-shaming, to just uncomfortable dialogue.

I want to stress this is not a bad book, but it is a book that is written wit
Clare O'Beara
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a tale which seems simple at the outset but soon develops into a complex mix of activities and issues. All the kids we meet have problems in their lives, mainly caused by their parents. Finch is a kid whose mom died and dad remarried but has already departed for a new family; she lives with a stepmom and she has few friends.
Finch is sure she's a girl but was born looking like a boy, and just as much as wanting to be accepted as a girl, she wants to find her dad. All she has is a senior
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Ginny Rorby was raised in Winter Park, Florida, and lived in Miami during her career as a Pan American flight attendant. Midway through that career, she enrolled in the University of Miami to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology, graduated and changed direction again. She went on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her goal, after wrapping up her flyin ...more

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