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16 December 2010 @ 05:39 am
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I AM J by Cris Beam (Little Brown, March 2011) presents readers with a character who is transgender. J, as he prefers to be called, has never quite fit comfortably into his own skin. His parents expect him to be their perfect daughter. J cannot do that anymore. He needs to be "J." J must leave his one and all he has known in order to begin a new life. It is not a simple matter, either. Where does he fit in? Can he begin to become the person he was meant to be? Beam explores this and other questions in this novel that will need teachers and librarians and parents who will hand it off to teen readers. And do not think this is a book for just transgender kids. This is a book that will allow other readers to crawl inside J's skin and walk a mile in his shoes, too. There is little understanding sometimes and even more of a lack of empathy, I think. Here is a book that will provide both. It does not preach; it reveals. Add to that some helpful back matter, and here is a book that will make a difference in the reading lives of many teens. <540>

Possible reading ladder rungs: LUNA comes to mind immediately. If I were not so sleep deprived, I could come up with a handful of others. I will allow you to fill in my blanks.

Here are some suggestions from the comments: PARROTFISH (Wittlinger), JUMPSTART THE WORLD (RyanHyde), ALMOST PERFECT. Keep em coming.
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Paul W. HankinsPaul W. Hankins on December 16th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Catherine Ryan Hyde Book
I have yet to see Luna though I have seen you talk about it before. Catherine Ryan Hyde's newest title, Jumpstart the World deals with issue of transgender. It is the part of LGBT that we don't get to see very often, but is one of interest within this community of readers.
jeannineatkinsjeannineatkins on December 16th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
Wishing you good rest! Stepping in to fill a blank, I think Parrotfish by Ellen Witlinger deserves a rung.
(Anonymous) on December 18th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Trans Gender Title
Brian Katcher's "Almost Perfect" is another trans. title. If you're looking for more literary, "Middlesex" and "Orlando" also involve transgender issues.