A Shoutout to Transgender Titles
George by Alex Gino
George wants desperately to be Charlotte in her class’s production of Charlotte’s Web, but she can’t explain that desire so people can hear and see her for who she is. George is a beautiful middle-grade story about becoming who we are and standing our ground about it.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Amanda is the new girl at school, and she and Grant are falling for each other in big ways, but Amanda is worried. She’s not sure how to tell Grant she was Andrew at her old school. If I Was Your Girl is a powerful, honest novel, and you’ll root for Amanda all the way.
Just Girls by Rachel Gold
Jess says she’s the new trans girl in the residence hall, when it’s really Ella, just to keep Ella safe. Jess, Ella and their friends navigate transphobia in college with bravery and heart. Just Girls has a sequel, too: Nico and Tucker, which involves a genderqueer character as well as trans characters. Both are excellent!
About the Author
Kirstin Cronn-Mills is the author of Minnesota Book Award finalist The Sky Always Hears Me And the Hills Don’t Mind and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. Cronn-Mills received her doctorate degree from Iowa State University and currently teaches in North Mankato, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son.
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents. His entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out that Gabe the DJ is also Elizabeth from school.