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10,000 Dresses

Marcus Ewart, Rex Ray illus

Tells a modern fairy tale of a young girl, who dreams about magical dresses, and how she becomes the girl she always dreamed she'd be.

26x21cm  32 pages  $25.00  
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Art of Being Normal

Lisa Williamson

David is funny and quirky and has always felt different from other people but he also has a huge secret that only his two best friends know. Ever since he can remember, he has felt like a girl trapped in the body of a boy. Having been expelled from the toughest school in the area, and missing his absent dad, Leo is having a fresh start at the posh Eden Park high school. He's tough and defensive, the complete opposite of David but events conspire to put them together, and the two boys find they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.

369 pages  $18.00  
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Gender Quest Workbook

A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity
Instant Help Series

Rylan Testa and others

This one-of-a-kind, comprehensive workbook will help you navigate your gender identity and expression at home, in school, and with peers.
If you are a transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) teen, you may experience unique challenges with identity and interpersonal relationships. In addition to experiencing common teen challenges such as body changes and peer pressure, you may be wondering how to express your unique identity to others. The Gender Quest Workbook incorporates skills, exercises, and activities from evidence-based therapies—such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)—to help you address the broad range of struggles you may encounter related to gender identity, such as anxiety, isolation, fear, and even depression.
Despite outdated beliefs, gender no longer implies being simply male or female, but rather a whole spectrum of possibilities. This fun, engaging workbook is designed specifically for teens like you who want to explore the concept of gender and gender identity and expression—whether you already identify as TGNC or are simply questioning your gender identity.
The activities in this book will help you explore your identity internally, interpersonally, and culturally. And along the way, you’ll learn how to effectively express yourself and make informed decisions on how to navigate your gender with family, friends, classmates, and coworkers. The book also includes chapters on sex and dating, balancing multiple identities, and how to deal with stressful challenges when they arise.
The Gender Quest Workbook also features a brief downloadable guide for clinicians that explains ways professionals can better serve gender-expansive youth. The guide will address ways to help youth working with gender identity build resilience against gender minority stress, among other topics.

25x20cm  169 pages  $33.95  
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GLBTQ

The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens

Kelly Huegel

This book addresses the most critical issues faced by contemporary GLBTQ teens: coming out, safer sex, reconciling faith with sexual identity, dating, bullying, transgender identity, legal complexities, and military service. The author does a nice job of treating all intended audience members equally, with scenarios and information for transgender or possibly transgender individuals interspersed throughout. Questioning teens are also addressed frequently and their situations are presented in a way that does not minimize their significance.

23x16cm  240 pages  $29.95  
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Gracefully Grayson

Ami Polonsky

Grayson Sender, now in grade 6, has been holding on to a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, born into the wrong gender's body. The weight of the secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection,or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength and support from unexpected places be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit.
Polonsky skilfully conveys Grayson's acute loneliness and conflicted feelings by using first-person narration, which adds a real poignancy to the story, which is portrayed with gentleness and respect. We don't usually have fiction in stock but this book is beautifully crafted and shines a light on an aspect of life that is often not understood. (Fiction. 10-14years) Ages 10 14.

22x15cm  243 pages  $30.00  
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I Am J

Cris Beam

J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was; a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible - from his family, from his friends...from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding - it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.
An inspiring story of self-discovery, of choosing to stand up for yourself, and of finding your own path - readers will recognize a part of themselves in J's struggle to love his true self.

21x14cm  326 pages  $22.00  
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I am Jazz

Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings

Non-fiction. From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boy's clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who diagnosed her as transgender and explained that she was born this way.

23x28cm  32 pages  $34.00  
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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Christine Baldacchino, Isabelle Malenfant, illus

Morris has a great imagination and loves dressing up in a tangerine dress, because it reminds him of tigers, the sun, and his mother's hair. The other children don't understand as they say, dresses are for girls. Morris certainly isn't welcome n the spaceship his classmates are building as they say astronauts don't wear dresses.

27x21cm  32 pages  $34.00  
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My Princess Boy

Cheryl Kilodavis

Non-Fiction. The book tells of a boy who "plays dress up in girly dresses" and is laughed at when he wears them to school but has the support of his family. It is tenderly written and simple enough to be understood by young children. Readers learn about the child's experiences, good and bad. At the end, powerful questions are directed to them for thought and discussion: "If you see a Princess Boy….Will you call him a name? …Will you like him for who he is?" Children may ask why the people depicted have no faces, which may spark discussions about how we are all the same. This is a book about unconditional love, social acceptance, and a strong family. It is also a call for diversity, tolerance, and an end to bullying and judgements.

22x22cm  32 pages  $32.00  
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Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple

Princesses come in all kinds. Exuberant text from Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Yolen Stemple paired with charming illustrations prove that girls can jump in mud puddles and climb trees, play sports and make messes all while wearing their tiaras! Not every girl has a passion for pink, but all young ladies will love this empowering affirmation of their importance and unlimited potential.

28x22cm  32 pages  $25.00  
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Princess Max

Laurie Stiller, Gregory Rogers

Max knew he looked beautiful! Being beautifu was one of the things that made swaltzing feel so good! Mac enjoys swaltzing even more than squashing snails and spreading Vegemite on the cat. But when his favourite cousin calls him a "weirdo, Max has to decide what he wants most of all.

28x22cm  32 pages  $14.95  
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Red: A Crayon's Story

Michael Hall

He was red but not very good at being red. Red's factory-applied label clearly says that he's red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he can't seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective. A great book about labelling.

30x22cm  32 pages  $29.95  
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Transgender Child

A Handbook for Families and Professionals

Stephanie Brill, Rachel Pepper

This comprehensive first of its kind guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising their children in every city and state. Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college. What do you do when your toddler daughter's first sentence is that she's a boy? What will happen when your preschool son insists on wearing a dress to school? Is this ever just a phase? How can you explain this to your neighbors and family? How can parents advocate for their children in elementary schools? What are the current laws on the rights of transgender children? What do doctors specializing in gender variant children recommend? What do the therapists say? What advice do other families who have trans kids have? What about hormone blockers and surgery? What issues should your college-bound trans child be thinking about when selecting a school? How can I best raise my gender variant or transgender child with love and compassion, even when I barely understand the issues ahead of us? And what is gender, anyway? These questions and more are answered in this book offering a deeper understanding of gender variant and transgender children and teens.

21x14cm  252 pages  $31.95  
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