Angela Katz-McNair has never felt quite right as a girl. Her whole life is leading up to the day she decides to become Grady, a guy. While coming out as transgendered feels right to Grad...more
I'd recommend I am J by Cris Beam. The author worked with trans teens for a long time and specifically wanted to write a book for the community, not just about us. There was really only one minor issue but it wasn't terminology / the standard stuff that cis people seem to still get wrong. It's the best book focusing on a trans character I've read so far.(less)
GRADY: And yet, things do change, Father. You need only look at me to see the truth of that!
EVE: Yes, this year has seen your Angela become your Grady and exchange her long dresses for his sturdy trousers.
LAURA: And trade her long locks for the haircut of a boy.
According to Ms. Wittlinger, being a boy means wearing “sturdy trousers” and having “the haircut of a boy”, which she described as “shaved at the neck, floppy in the front.” Uh huh because clothes and haircut are the very things that ...more
Meet Grady, the recently out trans boy who is dealing with the fallout of friends, family, and strangers coming to terms with his social transition. His mom and sister are knee deep in the "why am I cursed with a trans family member this is clearly all about me" quagmire, his ex-best friend is now rubbing elbows with the neighborhood transphobe, and he's trying to get everyone to call him by his c ...more
if i am, i have to say that i've read about three hundred books by better writers. but i've never read one about a teenaged ftm who is transitioning with pride and courage.
so, i'm conflicted.
issue driven books. morals. badly written dialogue. woefully pedestrian metaphors about christmas, babies, and napoleon dynamite.
then, pride and courage and sadness and confusion and good friends and family coming around.
what to say?
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I grew up in small-town New Hampshire and discovered the word 'transgender' at age 14 in the 9th grade and proceeded to have a full-blown identity crisis for the next 2-3 years. I knew ...more
At the beginning of the book, we are introduced to a boy named Grady, who just a week before was a girl named Angela. As Grady struggles with finding acceptance for his change among his school and family, discovering friends and support around him and learning the joys of being oneself.
Some may argue that the book is too simple, that the process of coming out as transgender could never be as smooth ...more
I'll invite my middle school students to read this as a mirror for some (per ...more
My partner, a transman, asked me to read it after he finished it. For him it touched on important moments and feelings he's had for a long time. Which leads me to believe that this is a great book for younger teens and trans YA who want to see themselves reflected on the page.
But at the end of the day, I'm still frustrated that this wa ...more
In the end I didn't mind Grady all that much--especially when he talked about gender as something more Grey rather than black and white, which even many trans people take a long while to get to--although I wasn't so impressed by his inclusion of being a Two-Spirit despite not being Native. (Though with that I do s ...more