The Other Boy

The Other Boy

Book - 2016
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Hiding his transgender identity behind a veneer of an everyday student who loves baseball and working on his graphic novel, 12-year-old Shane is threatened with exposure by a classmate and begins a painful journey toward acceptance and empathy.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062427663
0062427660
Branch Call Number: XF HENNESSEY, M.
Characteristics: 234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Monster, Sfé R. - Illustrator

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Forest_fox
Apr 16, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down.

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KateCCL
Mar 24, 2017

If you enjoyed 'George', but want a book about a transboy instead, this is your book. A great read for older primary / intermediate school readers, this is a story about Shane, his family, and his friends, as he goes through the process of starting to transition, and how everyone at school takes it.

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chelseasc
Jan 19, 2017

An excellent addition to the growing canon of LGBTQA literature for tweens and young teens. Unlike other books that focus on a character transitioning from one gender to another, here we get to see Shane living the life he wants. Having had the luxury of moving from one city to another, Shane was able to start over and live as a boy, and life is pretty good. He has a best friend, a maybe girlfriend, and is a star pitcher on the baseball team. Hennessy deftly demonstrates how the everyday challenges of middle school - puberty, first crushes, locker room dynamics, bullies, gossip and rumors - are at once universal, yet more complicated when gender identity is woven in. The bad guys are a bit cliche and some of the plot machinations are a bit pat and easy, but Shane is a remarkably rich character. His emotional struggle is authentically adolescent and immediately relatable. It's wonderful to see so many supportive adults in his life, including his divorced mother, and his father's hesitations and lack of understanding are both believable and add a layer of complex conflict to the story. Any middle schooler will instantly recognize themselves and their classmates in this book, and the happy ending is both satisfying and uplifting for those who see their own struggles mirrored.

lindsay_r Jan 14, 2017

The story is a bit run-of-the-mill for a middle grade book about a transgender child, but it's an important one nonetheless. While the book focuses a lot on Shane's troubles with transitioning and bullying, it is nice to see the support and acceptance he does receive. I'm glad to see a book about a young transgender boy joining the ranks of books like Alex Gino's "George" and Ami Polonsky's "Gracefully Grayson".

multcolib_susannel Nov 13, 2016

Shane had to change schools because of a secret. Now, a bully in his new school seems determined to find it out.

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joywolf83
Oct 02, 2016

Shane is hyper sensitive to keeping his secret private. He feels like a boy trapped in a girl's body. His mom is very supportiv his dad struggling with the concept. Shane himself is trying to build up the courage to tell others.

I understand it's difficult to tell others that you're on the gender Spectrum. However I wish books like this would go a little bit beyond them struggling to tell about it and more about coping with the day to day activities. I kinda feel like the girl does in the book, you have a lot of choices. Maybe once there are more books that deal with the subject, they can move past the difficult first day of people knowing and more into their actual life. I don't know if that will happen though because the majority of "black" books still only focus on slavery. I hope these LBGT style books don't get stuck in that same rut.

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chelseasc
Jan 19, 2017

chelseasc thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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