Saturday, May 5, 2012

Parrotfish

Parrotfish
by Wittlinger, Ellen

 Angela McNair is a boy! Oh, to the rest of the world she's obviously a girl. But the transgendered high-school junior knows that she's a boy. And so, bravely, Angela cuts her hair short, buys boys' clothing, and announces that his name is now Grady and that he is beginning his true new life as a boy. Of course, it's not as simple as that; Grady encounters an array of reactions ranging from outright hostility to loving support. His initially bewildered family rallies around him; he finds a champion in a female gym teacher; he loses but then regains a best friend while falling in love with a beautiful, mixed-race girl.

1 comment:

Evelina said...

Loved this book. It deals with the issue of transgender in a believable, sometimes sad somtimes funny and, ultimately hopeful manner. The imagined "conversations" Grady has in his head seemed a little strange at first; but, then they reminded me of exactly the types of thoughts a teenager might have when facing the uncertainties of modern life.