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I am J
by Chris Beam
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

"I am J" is an engaging Young Adult novel about J, a young transgender boy coming of age, coming out, and beginning to transition while in high school. The book touches on familiar issues such as struggles in school, romance, and the challenges of relating to family members and friends during a time of self-discovery. Ultimately, however, Beam's work is a story of resilience and J's path to knowing self-love, finding support, and standing up for himself.

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Almost Perfect
by Brian Katcher
Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Logan, a small town boy from Missouri, unexpectedly finds himself falling for Sage, a new girl at his high school. Their friendship grows until one day Logan kisses Sage, after which she reveals that biologically, she was born male. After initial feelings of anger and betrayal, Logan seeks to mend his friendship with Sage and begins to understand her experience. Katcher's novel sensitively deals with transgender and transition related issues, while also focusing on issues apparent in every high schoolers' life, such as friendship, trust, and acceptance.


by Ellen Wittlinger
Simon and Schuster for Young Readers

"Parrotfish" tells the story of Grady, who comes out as transgender while in high school and experiences isolation from his peers, family, and friends. While their negative reactions are surprising to Grady, he ultimately overcomes these challenges and builds a new community for himself, finding unexpected friends in the school nerd and a cute senior girl.

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An easy to read, yet well written book that succinctly explains transgender issues and experiences. Herman is able to write in a clear and approachable way, yet does not ignore the complexity and individuality of trans peoples' experiences. Written by a transgender woman for friends, family members, colleagues and allies of trans people, the book is a perfect introduction to what it means to be transgender.


Becoming Alec
by Darwin S. Ward
MBM Press

"Alex always thought she was a lesbian. She got thrown out of her house for it as a teenager, in fact. But when she moves to Chicago she discovers she isn't a lesbian at all... but a straight man."

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Mom, I Need To 
Be a Girl

by Just Evelyn
Booksurge Publishing

This book, written by the single mother of a Transsexual teenager, is a true account of their experiences dealing with the roadblocks and confusion in seeking approval for the son to become the daughter she had always been meant to be. This should be required reading for any parent of a Transgendered person. The writing style is easy and familiar making for a "quick read" ; one you won't want to put down.


by Julie Anne Peters
Little, Brown Young Readers

Regan has always been there for her transgender brother, Liam, sacrificing her needs for his, but when he announces that he is ready to "transition" into Luna permanently, Regan is not sure she can handle the consequences. Told from Regan's point of view in the present and in flashback, this novel breaks new ground in YA literature with a sensitive and poignant portrayal of a young man's determination to live his true identity and his family's struggle to accept Luna for who she really is.

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by Susan Stryker
Seal Press

Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, through the early 1970s; the mid-’70s to 1990—the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the ’90s and ’00s.