Wittlinger, Ellen

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Grady, a transgendered high school student, yearns for acceptance by his classmates and family as he struggles to adjust to his new identity as a male.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1442406216
Branch Call Number: FIC W
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternate Title: Parrot fish


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Jul 05, 2011
  • salmonette rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was a lovely read. What I really enjoyed about this one as opposed to the few other YA fiction books about trans teens, is that it looked at gender from a less binary perspective. It's rare where you will find a book that is not based solely on the "man trapped in a woman's body" narrative. This story shows that there is space for gender fluidity and that it's ok to stay in the grey areas. Such a rare gem.

Jan 13, 2011
  • greenwick rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a delightful read, and an excellent choice for transgender teens who are looking for someone they can identify with. Those who are searching for the story of a person tormented because of their gender identity will want to look elsewhere. This is the story of an average kid who happens to be trans, and who navigates through the increasingly common process of coming out while still in highschool. A few scenes might come off as preachy, but on the whole, the author is interested more in writing a good story than an overdone morality play.


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Aug 26, 2012
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