If I Was your GirlBook - 2016 | First edition.
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Finalist for the Walter Dean Myers Diversity Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and winner of the 2016 Stonewall Award, Meredith Russo speaks on what inspires her, transgender stories and so much more as part of our weekly Speak On It series connecting authors to teens. Meredith is also the author of Birthday and If I Was your Girl. (more)
There's been a lot of progress over the past few years in diverse representation in teen books, but it can still be difficult to find books that feature stories about transgender, gender fluid or non-binary teens. If you're looking for books that go outside the rigid box of old-school gender identity, here are some picks to check out. If I Was your Girl by Meredith Russo is the first publish… (more)
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Amanda is the new girl at a new school, just trying to fit in and figure out how to talk to her crush, Grant, in coherent sentences. But being with Grant means telling opening up about her past, never an easy thing for a trans girl.
Amanda is the new girl at school, just trying to fit in. When she meets sweet, easygoing Grant she struggles with her desire to share her past while also guarding her heart. Written by a trans author about a trans girl and featuring a trans model on the cover.
A story about a trans girl written by a trans woman!
Amanda's fresh start at a new school is going better than she ever could have dreamed, but will her huge secret ruin everything she's built?
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From the Author's Note: “It’s okay if you’re different from Amanda. She isn’t real, and you are.”
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Looking for a fresh start, Amanda Hardy transfers to Lambertville High, going to live with her estranged father for the first time since her parents’ divorce. She plans to keep her head down, blend in, and finish her senior year of high school. Then she wants to move up north for university, and hopefully escape some of the prejudice and fear that drove her out of her school in Atlanta, where everyone knew that Amanda had recently transitioned. But when she meets and falls for Grant, her plans to lie low in Lambertville become a lot more complicated. She wants Grant to accept all of her, including her history, but coming out in Lambertville may be even riskier than it was in Atlanta.