Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Solid primer on what it means to be a transgender teen.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 12+

From the horses mouth

From the perspective of a Female to Male transgendered person myself, I can say that this is a very good book. It doesn't unfairly portray Gordy, the family or the situation toward bias in any direction. I think its a wonderful book that teaches understanding about a very personal and complex issue. And Ellen Wittlinger pulled it off without demonizing the characters who don't understand. This is a much truer to life portrayal of what it's like than other books about the same subject- even with the surreal christmas pageant looming in the background throughout. The best part though is how surprisingly accurately she was able to describe the feelings (not perfectly, but still..) etc, from the perspective of a transman- herself being a woman perfectly content with her womanhood. I almost felt as though she must have a little something she isn't telling the rest of us, lol. Overall a very good book, I would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
age 12+


This book sends a superb message while being socially educational. It teaches about gender identity, complications, and coming to terms.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

  • Author: Ellen Wittlinger
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: July 10, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

Our Editors Recommend

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    Twisted gender ID tale rife with sex-talk topics.

    age 16+
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    So-so sequel mines more sex topics, adds more teen drinking.

    age 15+

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