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Twelve-year-old Ana-Marie Jin, the reigning US Juvenile figure skating champion, is not a frilly dress kind of kid. So, when Ana learns that next season's program will be princess themed, doubt forms fast. Still, Ana tries to focus on training and putting together a stellar routine worthy of national success.

Once Ana meets Hayden, a transgender boy new to the rink, thought
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Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette)
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Anniek
I keep repeating myself but there's truly nothing more validating than seeing yourself in a middlegrade novel. I will never not find this so special. It will never not leave me as an emotional mess.

I've been looking forward to this book for so long and it was exactly what I hoped for. I really saw myself in the way Ana experiences social dysphoria, I felt the portrayal of it in my bones, and I cried multiple times toward the ending. I hope this book will be all this and more for non-binary kids.
Nat
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-books
I would protect this Michelle Kwan-loving, Asian, enby bean with my life.
Rebecca Gibson
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book and all I'll say is DO NOT MISS IT. Not only is it an amazing book it also contains representation we desperately need to see in fiction. Keep your eyes peeled, Ana on the Edge will take the world by storm.
Adri
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

CWs: Misgendering, misnaming, allusions to transphobia and bullying, and contains multiple coming out scenes

Rep: Ana is non-binary, Chinese-American (with possibly some Hawaiian heritage as well), and Jewish

I'm so glad this book exists. It's overwhelming to think about how this story is going to affirm so many things for so many young readers, in ways we can't even imagine.

(First of all, Ana is trying out multiple pronouns by the end of this story, she/her being some of them, an
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Ash Otterloo
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is perfectly paced, friendship- and character-driven in a way that's just right for MG readers, and handles a sometimes tricky-to-explain topic with so much finesse.

Ana's character sorts through the pressure of being a gifted skater, an increasing awareness of a single mother's financial sacrifices, and what it might mean to be non-binary, including all the layered ways these things affect family and friend relationships. The author pulls us into Ana's journey skillfully, handling the
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Tanya
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely beautiful book! It's clear that the author has put their heart and soul onto the pages. The prose is crisp and beautiful, the skating scenes are done authentically, and Ana's character arc is done in such a way that's believable and nuanced. I highly recommend this amazing MG book to all, especially as a family read with 8-12 kids as well as a must read for classrooms everywhere. LOVE it so much!
Gretal
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yarc
I really loved Ana and I really loved this book.
Leah
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You can read my full review of the ARC on my blog: https://thereadingsofanenglishteacher...

Ana on the Edge is all about Ana-Marie Jin, a twelve-year-old who has just been crowned US Juvenile figure skating champion. Despite that fact, Ana has never been one to wear sparkly dresses--even during competitions. So when the next season's routine ends up being princess themed, Ana isn't really sure how to feel about it!

But then Ana meets Hayden, a transgender boy about the same age and when they beco
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Briana
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This book is an instant-classic in middle grade LGBTQ literature. ANA ON THE EDGE follows 12-year-old figure skater Ana as she navigates the restrictive, binary norms in skating culture while coming to terms with her own non-binary identity. The book tackles issues of class, friendship, sexuality, and gender with nuance and ease. Without spoiling anything, I particularly loved how Ana adapted her final skating performance to fit her identity, and the novel's approach to Ana's decision about pron ...more
Sheila Averbuch
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Debut novelist AJ Sass has carved out a piece of his soul to write Ana on the Edge, and I'm urging you to run, not walk, to pre-order this incredibly moving book. Ana is a highly accomplished, award-winning figure skater growing up in the heavily gendered world of the sport but doesn't identify as a boy or girl. Ana learns what non-binary means in the course of the story, which is a super believable tale of coming out to her friends, family, coach and fellow athletes. I kept highlighting passage ...more
Laura Rueckert
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Everyone should read this book! I love it for three reasons. First, it’s an engaging book. I was completely invested in Ana’s story and had to know what was going to happen. Especially during the last half, I didn’t want to put it down. Second, I have a transgender child, and I know how important it is for kids to see that they’re not alone. Even just learning the terminology and that there are others like them helps to give them the feeling of belonging. Third, if more people, especially kids, ...more
Kristin Lambert
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting this to be a good book, but it blew me away. The author sets the tone early with an incredibly suspenseful edge-of-your-seat scene of Ana’s big moment at a national figure skating competition, and keeps the tension drawn tight as the stakes for Ana rise and rise.

Not only is Ana struggling to understand and communicate their gender identity, but also to cope with major life changes and pressures that would be hard for anyone, let alone a 12-year-old child, to process.

That’s not
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Josh
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stellar prose, relatable characters, and a crisp page-turning pace combine to make this one of my favorite middle-grade debuts of 2020. I really loved this book!

Thank you to NetGalley for an e-ARC of ANA ON THE EDGE.
sparkypink
Twelve-year-old Ana is on a journey of self discovery and gender exploration. She does not understand why she is becoming increasingly uncomfortable with her skating choreography and costumes. It’s not until she meets a transgender boy named Hayden, who mistakes Ana for a boy, that Ana learns the term non-binary and what that can mean for her. She finally has a term that makes sense and decides that she/her pronouns work for now.

The only thing keeping this from 5 stars is it was a little slow in
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Katrina
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
"Ana on the Edge" is the story of a young figure skater coming into a new identity. This OwnVoices draws on the author's own experience with identity and figure skating, but I think it is the perfect setting for an identity crisis. Professional figure skating is very, very gendered sport. From the elements to the costumes to the color of the skates themselves. When Ana begins feelings particularly dysphoric, figure skating does not in any way support a nonbinary identity, making it an extra stru ...more
Katrina
"Ana on the Edge" is the story of a young figure skater coming into a new identity. This OwnVoices draws on the author's own experience with identity and figure skating, but I think it is the perfect setting for an identity crisis. Professional figure skating is very, very gendered sport. From the elements to the costumes to the color of the skates themselves. When Ana begins feelings particularly dysphoric, figure skating does not in any way support a nonbinary identity, making it an extra stru ...more
Shannon Takaoka
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roaring20sdebut
In this book, a young competitive figure skater is navigating some big changes and big questions both on and off the ice. As a U.S. Juvenile Champion, Ana-Marie Jin’s skating career is taking off, which means even more intense training, harder jumps and more complex choreography in order to take on the next challenge: Intermediate level competitions. Exciting stuff, but Ana feels that something is off. Could it be the princess routine and costume selected by the new choreographer? Or is there mo ...more
Soup
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I found the pacing slow and the level of detail provided about the topic of skating to be well beyond my own interest level (hence the low rating, which reflects only my own personal enjoyment). That being said, I think this is nonetheless an important book. While there is a very small but growing market for children's and middle grade texts that focus on transgender issues, this is the first book that I am familiar with that deals specifically with non-binary identity for this age group. School ...more
Colette Sewall
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The pages within the striking cover of Ana on the Edge hold the poignant story of a young skater searching for her identity. This important tale takes the reader on an emotional journey of the inner turmoil Ana faces as she tries to please everyone except herself. I believe this quietly powerful story will help young readers who are confused as to how they fit into this world, making them feel less alone. This is a great read also for the friends and families of children who are experiencing the ...more
Hallie
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good middle-grade book is one that can capture the angst, the emotions, of being in that in-between stage in life. One that can make a middle-schooler's problems feel like real problems, something that many fail to do. Ana on the Edge did that perfectly. Plus, the author's experience as a non-binary figure skater help this book become what it is. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, as it defies age.
Full Review link at The More We Read!
***Thank you to NetGalley and the Publish
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Kim
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read ANA ON THE EDGE early and this book. THIS BOOK! It's so so so so so so good and exactly what MG needs. I absolutely adored it. Ana is a great character from start to finish, I loved following along on the journey of self-discovery and identify as well as all the ice skating. PERFECT FOR FANS OF YURI ON ICE! Also perfect for fans of amazing literature.

I really couldn't recommend this book enough. I will be buying a copy for all the MG kiddos I know so they can read it w
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Rachel
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a gentle exploration of gender and gender presentation through an 8th-grade ice skater. I know nothing about skating but I could tell the author knew what he was talking about and not just regurgitating a quick glance of a Wikipedia page the way some niche setting books feel. I can't wait to help get this book into the hands of young, exploring library users. Thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for the advance copy, I loved getting lost in this complex and ultimatel ...more
Rachel
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a gentle exploration of gender and gender presentation through an 8th-grade ice skater. I know nothing about skating but I could tell the author knew what he was talking about and not just regurgitating a quick glance of a Wikipedia page the way some niche setting books feel. I can't wait to help get this book into the hands of young, exploring library users. Thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for the advance copy, I loved getting lost in this complex and ultimatel ...more
Alex Richards
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ANA ON THE EDGE is an LGBTQ treasure for middle grade readers -- and adults too! I absolutely loved the character development and focus on identity. We need more books like this. More
non-binary characters like Ana. And more ice skating! Definitely worth reading and recommending to all the young people in your life -- especially anyone genderqueer or who may be questioning whether they may fit outside the heteronormative box.
Lara Lillibridge
I love this book so much! As a nonbinary person, I really appreciated the nuanced view of trying to figure out what words apply to that feeling of in-between-ness. Once I saw down to read I did nothing else until it was finished. I felt the trepidation and tension, cried a bit on one section, and soared at the ending. Highly recommend to youth and adults.
Sonja
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read with important themes of friendship, identity, and finding the courage to speak our truth. Readers will feel empowered by the author’s realistic take on the journey of embracing our true selves.
emmy
Jul 19, 2020 marked it as unread-digital
Mentioned in a blog post at https://booksbeyondbinaries.blog/2020... ...more
Holland Vande Krol
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I was delighted to receive an advanced copy through Goodreads giveaways. This book would have been fantastic to read at twelve, but I am so happy to read it as an adult. I can't help imagining a Disney Channel style movie, like the sports movies that Ana loves.
Golda
I loved the skating details and the gentle exploration of a character realizing they are non-binary.
Val
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Link to my book talk: https://youtu.be/lf30jZ8ppUM  

I love this book, it's about finding who you are and what you actually feel like you want to be! The author sets a good pace from the beginning. The author did a fantastic job of keeping readers focused, engaged, and most importantly wanting to read the next chapter! Ana is a person with a lot of character and feeling. It is so cool to see her grow from a shy girl to a more confident person. She also has emotions that you feel in real life. It
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A.J. Sass is a fiction-writing figure skater, inclined toward adventures of a traveling nature. He is autistic, nonbinary, and keen on exploring how gender identity and neurodiversity impact character narratives.

An avid figure skater, A.J. is a US Figure Skating double gold medalist in Moves in the Field and Free Skate, a silver medalist in Ice Dance, and a member of the 2018 national bronze medal
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