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The groundbreaking novel from critically acclaimed author Ellen Wittlinger that tells the story of a transgender teen’s search for identity and acceptance has now been updated to include current terminology and an updated list of resources.
Angela Katz-McNair never felt quite right as a girl. So she cuts her hair short, purchases some men’s clothes and chose a new name: Grady. While coming out as transgender feels right to Grady, he isn’t prepared for the reactions of his friends and family. Why can’t they accept that Grady is just being himself?
Grady’s life is miserable until he finds friends in unexpected places—the school geek, Sebastian, who tells Grady that there is a precedent for transgenders in the natural world, and Kita, a senior, who might just be Grady’s first love.
In a voice tinged with humor and sadness, Ellen Wittlinger explores Grady’s struggles—universal struggles any teen can relate to.
into the driveway. Then she announced, “Gail is here with the baby. Let’s not upset her.” “I wasn’t planning to,” I said, climbing out of the car and slamming the door harder than I intended. Jeez, Mom was the one who usually got Aunt Gail upset, not me. The new mother was propped in the corner of the living-room couch with pillows stuffed under her arms so the baby would be at the right height to breastfeed. It seemed strange to see Gail like that—so quiet and intent, staring down at that
Unlike most other high-school kids, I had no cell phone and no need for one. Mom handed me the cordless phone from downstairs. “Hello?” “Hey, where did you go? You weren’t in TV Production.” “Is this Sebastian?” “Yeah. I was going to tell you about my Environmental Science project, remember? Stoplight parrotfish?” Save me. SEBASTIAN: You wanna come over and see my aquarium? I have two red warthog google-fish and three blue wiggle-whammies! Gosh, fish are so cool! ME: Sure, Sebastian. I
the most popular boy in our entire class. And I’m going with him!” “That’s great,” Sebastian said, grinning. “Grady and I are going too, you know.” The color drained out of Laura’s face. “What?” I knew what she was thinking. “He doesn’t mean we’re going together. I mean, we are, but only to videotape it for the cable channel.” She still wasn’t looking too good. “You mean, you’re going to be running around shoving a camera in people’s faces all night?” “We don’t interrupt anything,” Sebastian
too much?” Sebastian would ask. “Maybe,” I’d answer. “You know, your dad isn’t going to be happy about this.” “Can you think of a better way to get him to stop torturing us?” “Maybe you could just ask him.” I shook my head. “My mother is Jewish and she’s been doing this for ten years already. We’re all too gutless.” When we got to the ending, though, Sebastian stood firm. “You cannot take out the last line. Your dad said I could be Tiny Tim, and I want to say that line!” “Why?” “Why? Are
what-can-I-do-for-you-Kita, and the next minute he’s completely selfish. He hurts my feelings and he doesn’t even realize he did it. He’s such a guy!” “But girls can be hurtful too. Look at Eve. Look at Danya!” “Yes, but girls know when they’re being mean. Russell just walks all over me like it’s his birthright. Like my plans or thoughts couldn’t possibly be as important as his. Or like I’m his mother and he’s getting away with something. It makes me crazy.” “I guess some guys do act that way.