It’s the summer before middle school and eleven-year-old Bug’s best friend Moira has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear, learning how to put on makeup, and deciding which boys are cuter in their yearbook photos than in real life. But none of this is all that appealing to Bug, who doesn’t particularly want to spendmoretime trying to understand how to be a girl. Besides, there’s something more important to worry about: A ghost is haunting Bug’s eerie old house in rural Vermont… and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they’re trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light -– Bug is transgender.
Target age: 10 and up
“This book is a gentle, glowing wonder, full of love and understanding, full of everything any of us would wish for our children. It will almost certainly be banned in many places, but your child almost certainly needs to read it.” –- The New York Times Book Review
”Lukoff’s three primary themes — gender identity, grief, and ghostly hauntings — work in elegant harmony despite the load. Lukoff navigates Bug’s journey of identity and discovery with grace, welcoming… A hopeful examination of grief and gender, and a good ghost story to boot.” -- School Library Journal
About the Author:
Kyle Lukoff is the author of many books for young readers. His debut middle-grade novel,Too Bright To See, received a Newbery honor, the Stonewall award, and was a National Book Award finalist. His picture bookWhen Aidan Became A Brotheralso won the Stonewall. He is the co-author of If You're a Kid Like Gavin. He has forthcoming books about mermaids, babies, apologies, and lots of other topics. While becoming a writer he worked as a bookseller for ten years, and then nine more years as a school librarian.