by Cat Clarke
Sourcebooks Young Readers
A touching, humorous story of strong-willed eleven-year-old Liv, who is determined to challenge his school's terrible dress code and change his life. Inspire empathy and compassion (and a few laughs!) in young readers with this stunning middle-grade novel.
"My name is Liv (Not Olivia)... I'm not technically a girl. I'm transgender. Which is a bit like being a Transformer. Only not quite as cool because I probably won't get to save the world one day."
Liv knows he was always meant to be a boy, but with his new school's terrible dress code, he can't even wear pants. Only skirts.
Operation: Pants Project begins! The only way for Liv to get what he wants is to go after it himself. But to Liv, this isn't just a mission to change the policy--it's a mission to change his life. And that's a pretty big deal.
Target age: 8-12
"Strong-willed, introspective Liv is a likable and relatable protagonist; in many ways he's like most tweens, navigating friendships, his own identity, and his relationships at home. Supported by his two moms, Liv tries various methods of protest (wearing pants under the skirt, organizing a petition); he doesn't get any traction, however, until he makes some new friends, and they join the cause... this is a touching novel on a timely subject." -The Horn Book Magazine
"From the start, readers are drawn into the story by 11-year-old Liv's believable, humor-tinged narration: 'Little brothers can always be counted on to reach peak levels of annoying at exactly the wrong moment. It must be part of their job description.' Throughout, Liv's voice is convincing and a pleasure to read...Liv's two moms add further dimension to a tale that unabashedly affirms the importance of accepting and celebrating differences." -Kirkus Reviews
"A wonderfully sweet middle grade story with a satisfying ending... The hopeful tone makes it easier for readers to grapple with the serious issues discussed, and the happy-ever-after ending will not fail to satisfy. Give to fans of Tim Federle's Better Nate Than Ever and Alex Gino's George." -School Library Journal
About the Author:
Cat Clarke is an award-winning author from the UK. She lives in Edinburgh.