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by Julie Anne Peters

Published by Megan Tingley Books / Little Brown, 2004
247 pages
ISBN: 0316733695

Ages 14-17

Luna is the name Liam has selected for himself, for the girl that he is, trapped inside a boyís body. Liamís struggle to learn more about himself and to make the decision to have gender alteration surgery is seen through the eyes of his sister Regan, who loves her brother but becomes weary of the drama and secrecy that surround him. Neither sibling is idealized, nor are the choices they make wholly admirable or wise. Liam becomes increasingly out of control as he takes more and more risks to live as a girl, and Regan becomes less sympathetic and more self- absorbed as she considers the implications of her brotherís plans. As the siblings faced both ordinary and extraordinary teen challenges, their parentsí emotional distance forces them to be coconspirators and support one another. Nontransgender readers will appreciate Petersís decision to tell the story from Reganís perspective, as her alternating waves of discomfort and support for her brother are comforting and authentic. Luna is a sensitive, realistic look at a topic that is still very much misunderstood and too often silenced. Transgender readers will feel great relief to see one reflection of their reality in literature for teens. Ultimately, Luna is a story of acceptance and self-love and about being true to yourself regardless of the cost.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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