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A Newbery Honor Book Winner of the Stonewall Book Award A National Book Award Finalist
"A gentle, glowing wonder, full of love and understanding." (The New York Times Book Review)
It's the summer before middle school and 11-year-old Bug's best friend, Moira, has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear, learning how to put on makeup, and deciding which boys are cuter in their yearbook photos than in real life. But none of this is all that appealing to Bug, who doesn't particularly want to spend more time trying to understand how to be a girl. Besides, there's something more important to worry about: A ghost is haunting Bug's eerie old house in rural Vermont...and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they're trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light - Bug is transgender.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 28 minutes|
|Narrator||Kyle Lukoff, Jax Jackson|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 20 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #121,293 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#212 in Scary Stories for Children
#43,637 in Children's Books on Growing Up & the Facts of Life
#94,148 in Literature & Fiction for Children (Books)
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This heart-breaking and beautiful middle grade novel follows 11 year old Bug as they prepare to start middle school, grieve for their beloved uncle, and try to figure out who they are.
This story explores grief in a heartfelt and honest way. Specifically the grief for a death that was not sudden but expected and no less heart-breaking for it. It begins shortly after the death of Bug's uncle who was a parental figure in their life. We see how Bug deals with, and doesn't deal with their grief, throughout the beginning of the book.
It discusses feeling like you don't fit in and aren't able to be a proper "girl" in a way that seems to come easily to most of your peers - a feeling that was very familiar to me as a transgender man. It also features a trans character who didn't always know which is a common narrative that doesn't apply to many of us. Bug doesn't always know but when they figure out who they are everything else makes sense in hindsight.
Overall I felt this was an honest and heartful look at both grief and transgender identity that felt true to life and was beautifully written. I'd highly recommend it to children and adults alike.
Content warnings: grief, death, terminal illness, mentions of bullying, unintentional misgendering
The only thing that bothered me was that there wasn’t even a hint of doubt when Bug realises that he’s a boy. Up to this point in the book I felt like it was very similar to my childhood (except for the circumstances) and reading all the “signs” I just went “yep that’s me” but when I got to the point when he knows he’s trans, I thought “how can he suddenly be 100% sure and not even question it?”
I know that isn’t a real reason to give only 4 stars but I bought this book for myself because I’m questioning and while I loved the story, it didn’t really help me because I’m still not 100% sure. But I’m more sure than before.