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Angela McNair is a boy! Oh, to the rest of the world she's obviously a girl. But the transgendered high-school junior knows that she's a boy. And so, bravely, Angela cuts her hair short, buys boys' clothing, and announces that his name is now Grady and that he is beginning his true new life as a boy. Of course, it's not as simple as that; Grady encounters an array of reactions ranging from outright hostility to loving support. To her credit, Wittlinger has managed to avoid the operatic (no blood is shed, no lives are threatened) but some readers may wonder if--in so doing--she has made things a bit too easy for Grady. His initially bewildered family rallies around him; he finds a champion in a female gym teacher; he loses but then regains a best friend while falling in love with a beautiful, mixed-race girl. Wittlinger, who is exploring new, potentially off-putting ground here (only Julie Anne Peters' Luna, 2004,has dealt with this subject before in such detail), manages to create a story sufficiently nonthreatening to appeal to--and enlighten--a broad range of readers, including those at the lower end of the YA spectrum. She has also done a superb job of untangling the complexities of gender identity and showing the person behind labels like "gender dysphoria." Grady turns out to be a very normal boy who, like every teen, must deal with vexing issues of self-identity. To his credit, he does this with courage and grace, managing to discover not only the "him" in self but, also, the "my." Michael Cart
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"A compelling and richly detailed story."--"The BCCB" A thought-provoking discussion of gender roles, gender identity, and the influence of nature, nurture, and social construction on both. "The Horn Book Magazine"" A compelling and richly detailed story. "The BCCB"" Peopled with wonderfully wacky characters and scenes, this narrative snaps and crackles with wit, even while it touches the spirit of the sensitive reader. Wittlinger scores another success with this highly recommended novel. "VOYA"" Wittlinger s writing skill will help YA readers understand transgender issues, and those readers will be entertained and moved as they read. "KLIATT"" The author demonstrates well the complexity faced by transgendered people and makes the teen s frustration with having to fit into a category fully apparent. "Publishers Weekly"" "The author demonstrates well the complexity faced by transgendered people and makes the teen's frustration with having to "fit into a category" fully apparent."--Publishers Weekly "Wittlinger's writing skill will help YA readers understand transgender issues, and those readers will be entertained and moved as they read."--KLIATT "Peopled with wonderfully wacky characters and scenes, this narrative snaps and crackles with wit, even while it touches the spirit of the sensitive reader. Wittlinger scores another success with this highly recommended novel."--VOYA "A compelling and richly detailed story."--The BCCB "A thought-provoking discussion of gender roles, gender identity, and the influence of nature, nurture, and social construction on both."--The Horn Book Magazine

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