Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 in
Published: July 10, 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1416916229
ISBN - 13: 9781416916222
About the Book
Angela, who has never felt comfortable as a girl, finally comes out as transgendered and begins life as Grady, a boy. While it feels natural to him, Grady isn't prepared for the reaction he gets from his family, friends, and classmates. With humor and poignancy, Wittlinger details Grady's search for identity and struggle for acceptance.
From the Publisher
Last week I cut my hair, bought some boys'' clothes and shoes, wrapped a large ACE bandage around my chest to flatten my fortunately-not-large breasts, and began looking for a new name.
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 Grady, he isn''t prepared for the reaction he gets from everyone else. His mother is upset, his younger sister is mortified, and his best friend, Eve, won''t acknowledge him in public. Why can''t people just let Grady be himself?
Grady''s life is miserable until he finds friends in some unexpected places -- like the school geek, Sebastian, who explains that there is precedent in the natural world (parrotfish change gender when they need to, and the newly male fish are the alpha males), and Kita, a senior who might just be Grady''s first love.
From acclaimed writer Ellen Wittlinger, this is the groundbreaking story of one teen''s search for self and his struggle for acceptance.
“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