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Whether you re trans, gay, lesbian, bi, queer, questioning, or straight, this winner of the Stonewall Children s & Young Adult Literature Award will make you marvel at the beauty of human connection and the irrepressible nature of love. Everyone has that one line they swear they ll never cross, the one thing they say they ll never do. We draw the line. Maybe we even believe it. Sage Hendricks was my line. Logan Witherspoon befriends Sage Hendricks at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. As time goes on, he finds himself drawn to Sage, pulled in by her deep, but sexy feminine voice and her constant smile. Eventually Logan s feelings for Sage grow so strong that he can t resist kissing her. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she was born a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage. Once his anger has cooled, however, his regrets lead him to attempt to rekindle their friendship. But it s hard to replace something that s been broken and it s even harder to find your way back to friendship when you began with love. *** Tackles issues of homophobia, hate crimes and stereotyping with humor and grace in an accessible tone that will resonate with teens. Kirkus Reviews It is Sage's story that is truly important. SLJ Teens both those familiar with transgender issues and those who are not will welcome the honest take on a rarely explored subject. Booklist A sensitive examination of the seldom treated subject of transgender teens. VOYA From the Hardcover edition."
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Brian Katcher is the author of Playing with Matches, and a school librarian. He lives in Missouri with his wife and daughter. You can visit him on the Web at i>From the Hardcover edition.


Gr 8 Up-Logan Witherspoon is nursing a broken heart after finding out that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. Sage, the quirky new girl in his biology class-a true novelty in a small town where he has known nearly all his classmates since kindergarten-provides a welcome distraction. Sage is clever and cute and, Logan is stunned to learn, biologically male. The challenges faced by transgender teens are revealed through Sage's experiences and reflected via Logan's "every guy" perspective. His struggles with conflicting emotions about Sage are skillfully explored in Brian Katcher's Stonewall award-winning prose (Delacorte, 2009). Kirby Heyborne brings the first-person narration to life, complete with gentle shifts in voice to denote different speakers and to clearly indicate whether Logan is speaking aloud or as an aside to listeners. The realistic characters speak like real-life teenagers, including occasional cursing. Sexual situations are described with minimal detail, primarily occurring "off-page." A sensitive exploration of a topic underrepresented in YA literature, this candid novel is recommended for high school and public libraries.-Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2009: "An accessible tone that will resonate with teens." From the Hardcover edition. Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2009: "An accessible tone that will resonate with teens." "From the Hardcover edition."

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