Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: M. G. Hennessey
Illustrator: Sfe R. Monster
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Shane is just like any other boy in middle school: he pitches for his baseball team, has a best friend, writes graphic novels, and has a crush on one of his classmates. But there's something that no body knows about him: he's actually a girl. Trying to keep his secret is hard, especially when Shane can't even tell his best friend. One day at school, a bully figures out Shane's secret and spreads it around the whole school. Unsure of what to do, and with his baseball team turning their backs on him, Shane has to learn to be brave and be himself, even when it's scary. Although its hard at first, people slowly learn to accept his differences and he's accepted back on the baseball team, winning the state championships.
Hennessey tells a wonderful story about facing your challenges and overcoming your fears. At first, there is no indication that Shane is really a girl, and when it finally comes out in the open, everything starts to make a little more sense. Shane's internal struggles are very realistic as he doesn't want to lie to his friends, but he also battles with his privacy and not being ostracized for being different. The author also gives readers insight to Shane's parents and their internal battle of letting go of their little girl and allowing Shane to make his own path. Shane's support group show that we should be kind and accepting to everyone, even if they are different. Some of the chapters include little illustrations that give readers a glimpse into Shane's graphic novel and his emotions. Overall, a great read for anyone wanting a better understanding of transgender people or for those trying to find the courage to be who they really are.
*Contains mild sexual content.