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Too Bright to See by [Kyle Lukoff]

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Too Bright to See Different Kinds of Fruit
Kyle Lukoff's middle grade debut is a deeply empathetic exploration of grief and gender identity through the eyes of Bug. In this funny and hugely heartfelt novel from the Newbery Honor-winning author of Too Bright to See, a sixth-grader's life is turned upside down when she learns her dad is trans.

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

"This book is
a gentle, glowing wonder, full of love and understanding, full of everything any of us would wish for our children. It will almost certainly be banned in many places, but your child almost certainly needs to read it." –The New York Times Book Review

“A
tender portrayal of a kid who is just coming to understand who he is.” –TIME

★ “This coming-of-age and coming-out story takes a needed departure from other stories about transgender youth....A chilling, suspenseful ghost story balances the intimate, introspective narrative style.…
Haunting and healing.” –Kirkus, starred review
 
★ "
Smart and thought-provoking.... Through Bug’s journey to self-realization and self-acceptance, and the wonderfully nuanced understanding of gender he comes to, Lukoff provides a tender rumination on grief, love, and identity." –Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “Equal parts
unsettling, heartwarming, and satisfying…a nuanced and compelling exploration of gender, friendship, and family.” –Booklist, starred review

★ "Lukoff’s three primary themes—gender identity, grief, and ghostly hauntings—work in elegant harmony despite the load. Lukoff navigates Bug’s journey of identity and discovery with grace, welcoming...
A hopeful examination of grief and gender, and a good ghost story to boot." –School Library Journal, starred review

★ “Lukoff combines gothic horror vibes with a slow-building trans awakening…The spooks and mysteries are an added bonus that sets this narrative apart from similar titles.” —
BCCB

★ “While gender identity remains prominent throughout, Lukoff also combines
pitch-perfect adolescent angst, evolving friendships and spooky encounters to create a welcoming story accessible to young readers of all backgrounds.” — Shelf Awareness

"When we talk about wanting to see a diverse range of books for kids, this is precisely what we should be thinking of....
Smart. Original. Necessary. ” –Betsy Bird, Fuse8
 
“Bug’s first-person, present-tense narration gives readers a close look at his sense that things don’t quite fit….and his gradual understanding of why that is.” –
The Horn Book

"
A much-needed book about the acceptance of a transgender boy who finds the support he needs from his family, his best friend, and eventually his friends at school." –School Library Connection



Boston Globe Best Book of 2021
TIME Best Children’s Book of 2021
Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2021
New York Public Library Best Book for Kids of 2021
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for 2021
NPR Best Book of 2021  PW Best Book of 2021
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2021
Kirkus Best Book of 2021
School Library Journal Best Book of 2021 --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Kyle Lukoff is the author of the Stonewall Award winner When Aidan Became a Brother and A Storytelling of Ravens. While becoming a writer, he worked as a bookseller and school librarian. He lives in New York City, and hopes you're having a nice day. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08DMV87FF
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dial Books (April 20 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4110 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172 ratings

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Kyle Lukoff is the author of the Stonewall-award winning picture book "When Aidan Became A Brother," by Kaylani Juanita. His debut was "A Storytelling of Ravens," illustrated by Natalie Nelson, which came out in 2018.

Kyle was born outside of Chicago, Illinois in 1984, and moved to Lynnwood, Washington in 1989. He moved to New York City in 2002 to attend Barnard College, and became the librarian at the Corlears School in 2012. After eight years of school librarianship he transitioned to writing full-time.

Kyle served two terms on the Stonewall Book Awards committee, and was a 2020 Kirkus Prize judge. He transitioned in 2007, and much of his professional work revolves around transgender representation in books for youth.

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