Saturday, June 12, 2010


Peters, Julie Anne. Luna. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006 (c2004). 256 p. PBK $7.99 ISBN 0316011274

SUMMARY: "Fifteen-year-old Regan's life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam's transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of 'transitioning' by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy's body."

RISKS: transsexuality & transgender characters, issues, and discussions

EVALUATION: Peters tells the story of a transgender teen through the eyes and experience of his/her younger sister. The struggle, the feelings, the characters and their choices all ring true. This is one of very, very few books for teens that honestly and tenderly address transgender issues. Hopefully there will be more in the near future.

TOPICS: transsexuality; identity; family problems; sibling relationships

AWARDS: Missouri: Gateway Readers Award Nominees, 2007; ALA Popular Paperbacks , 2006; Texas: Tayshas Reading List, 2006; ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 2005; Michigan: Thumbs Up Award Nominees, 2005

Ages 12 & up

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