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The Ship We Built Paperback – May 25 2021

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“A remarkable novel about what it’s like to come of age and find yourself. . . . The perfect lifeboat for anyone adrift in the sea of becoming.”—Celeste Lecesne, co-founder of the Trevor Project and founder of the Future Perfect Project

“Lovely, timely, and necessary for both children and adults.”—
LA Review of Books

* ”Vividly and sensitively captures the struggle of being a child who just can’t fit in and doesn’t understand why. It is an authentic portrayal of childhood pain without an ounce of condescension. . . . While the book tackles big issues, primarily addressing being trans and queer and surviving incest as well as touching on parental incarceration, anyone who has ever been a sad or confused child will be able to see a little bit of themselves in Rowan and Sofie. . . . Everyone should read this remarkable, affecting novel.”—
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “This heartfelt, emotionally raw narrative delicately and respectfully covers incredibly complex issues (homophobia, substance abuse, sexual abuse, racism) that many young people around the world face, compounded by Rowan's status as a trans boy. Bean's debut novel for young readers is as difficult as it is hopeful, beautifully captured through a 10-year-old voice. A remarkable and memorable book!”—
Booklist, starred review

“A tender story . . . Queer and trans author Bean brings tremendous sensitivity to the tale of a young child exploring their identity and experiencing abuse. . . . A strong addition to any library collection.”—
School Library Journal

About the Author

Lexie Bean is a queer and trans multimedia artist from the Midwest whose work revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence, and LGBTQIA+ identity. Lexie is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and passionate about creating honest and complex trans narratives that "transition and grow" alongside them. Their writing has been featured in Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, Ms. magazine, Them, Logo's New Now Next, Bust Magazine, Autostraddle, and more. The Ship We Built is their debut novel supported with residencies at the Sundress Academy, Paragraph New York, and the Santa Cruz Bookshop.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dial Books (May 25 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0525554858
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0525554851
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 230 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.85 x 1.91 x 19.53 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 53 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Tender and Moving
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5.0 out of 5 stars A journey of self discovery and actualization from the point of view of a young boy
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5.0 out of 5 stars this book is for everyone, especially elementary/middle schoolers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, beautiful, must read
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