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The Other Boy

The Other Boy

eBook - 2016
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A beautifully heartfelt story about one boy's journey toward acceptance. A book that Jill Soloway, the award-winning creator of "Transparent," called "a terrific read for all ages" and Ami Polonsky, author of Gracefully Grayson, called "an emotionally complex and achingly real read."Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is just a regular boy. He loves pitching for his baseball team, working on his graphic novel, and hanging out with his best friend, Josh. But Shane is keeping something private, something that might make a difference to his friends and teammates, even Josh. And when a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, Shane's whole world comes crashing down. It will take a lot of courage for Shane to ignore the hate and show the world that he's still the same boy he was before. And in the end, those who stand beside him may surprise everyone, including Shane.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780062427687
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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(Gr 5-7) Shane is just a normal guy. He loves baseball, graphic novels and hanging out with his best friend. He even has a crush on someone. But Shane has a secret that, if it gets shared, may change everything. Can he find the courage to cope?

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multcolib_susannel Nov 13, 2016

Shane had to change schools because of a secret. Now, a bully in his new school seems determined to find it out.


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LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 15, 2021

I thought this was a pretty cute story. It's written for a younger audience with a preteen protagonist. It isn't own voices but there was definite allyship.

This story keeps things very light in terms of the way it concludes any of the issues that come up and I don't think Shane goes through anything too traumatic considering what is a reality for some trans teens but I think this was a choice by the author regarding her young audience and the message she wanted to give. The things Shane goes through definitely matter though and we see this in his possibly overdramatic teen reaction to them which I thought was very authentic.

I loved that his family is included in this book and how much support he has around him. There was a weird plot line with the mother dating a guy that she wasn't sure about and Shane encourages her and I don't think we hear much about him?

This story was very focused on Shane's gender and transition journey and while it included his love for baseball and potential love interests I think there could have been more but I think this expectation comes from reading books targeted for an older audience.

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AliceInWonderbread
Oct 04, 2019

'The Other Boy' is a Junior Fiction novel that follows Shane as he works his way through middle school well transitioning from female to male. He has the support of his mother; but lacks it in other people. He's also been keeping it from his freinds and schoolmates- but when his secret comes out; Shane comes to realize that some people will stand with you through thick and thin, and others will not.

It is an amazing book about acceptance, friendship, love and understanding. It covers parental relationships, friendships and romantic relationships all in a shorter novel that never looses focus on the story.
It is a great novel that handles the topic of being Transgender and a lot of the aspects that come along with it. The story is told from Shane's point of view and does a good job of explaining topics from his perspective.
All in all I really enjoyed the novel and I feel it did an excellent job of mixing heavy moments with heartfelt ones that can really aid in the understanding of what someone of that age is going through at a time like that in their life.

Okay but like this is one of the best books about trans diversity I’ve ever read

IndyPL_JayneW Jan 24, 2019

Shane’s finally got everything starting to go his way when a slip of the tongue sends it all spiraling out of control and threatens to ruin the normal life he’s fought so hard to live.

M.G. Hennessey takes us on a starkly honest journey into the challenging life of a transgender child. Shane is not only likable as a character; he’s also very real and more importantly, believable while dealing with the challenge of trying to keep the life he wants as just any other boy at school, facing a dad who thinks it’s just a phase and the torment of what happens when you're outed. The bullying and harassment are emotional for both Shane and the reader. Hennessey shows us through Shane that sometimes to grow and move forward, you have to face some trials. The book is an important read for not just children in the LGBTQ+ community, but for all kids. It’s a look into what it’s like to be judged by what others think you should be and not who you really are. I would recommend this book for adults and kids alike and would encourage discussion when it’s finished.

#indypladults #indyplteens #indpyplkids

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Forest_fox
Apr 16, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down.

KyCCL Mar 24, 2017

If you enjoyed 'George', but want a book about a transboy instead, this is your book. A great read for older primary / intermediate school readers, this is a story about Shane, his family, and his friends, as he goes through the process of starting to transition, and how everyone at school takes it.

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chelseasc
Jan 19, 2017

An excellent addition to the growing canon of LGBTQA literature for tweens and young teens. Unlike other books that focus on a character transitioning from one gender to another, here we get to see Shane living the life he wants. Having had the luxury of moving from one city to another, Shane was able to start over and live as a boy, and life is pretty good. He has a best friend, a maybe girlfriend, and is a star pitcher on the baseball team. Hennessy deftly demonstrates how the everyday challenges of middle school - puberty, first crushes, locker room dynamics, bullies, gossip and rumors - are at once universal, yet more complicated when gender identity is woven in. The bad guys are a bit cliche and some of the plot machinations are a bit pat and easy, but Shane is a remarkably rich character. His emotional struggle is authentically adolescent and immediately relatable. It's wonderful to see so many supportive adults in his life, including his divorced mother, and his father's hesitations and lack of understanding are both believable and add a layer of complex conflict to the story. Any middle schooler will instantly recognize themselves and their classmates in this book, and the happy ending is both satisfying and uplifting for those who see their own struggles mirrored.

lindsay_r Jan 14, 2017

The story is a bit run-of-the-mill for a middle grade book about a transgender child, but it's an important one nonetheless. While the book focuses a lot on Shane's troubles with transitioning and bullying, it is nice to see the support and acceptance he does receive. I'm glad to see a book about a young transgender boy joining the ranks of books like Alex Gino's "George" and Ami Polonsky's "Gracefully Grayson".

multcolib_susannel Nov 13, 2016

Shane had to change schools because of a secret. Now, a bully in his new school seems determined to find it out.

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joywolf83
Oct 02, 2016

Shane is hyper sensitive to keeping his secret private. He feels like a boy trapped in a girl's body. His mom is very supportiv his dad struggling with the concept. Shane himself is trying to build up the courage to tell others.

I understand it's difficult to tell others that you're on the gender Spectrum. However I wish books like this would go a little bit beyond them struggling to tell about it and more about coping with the day to day activities. I kinda feel like the girl does in the book, you have a lot of choices. Maybe once there are more books that deal with the subject, they can move past the difficult first day of people knowing and more into their actual life. I don't know if that will happen though because the majority of "black" books still only focus on slavery. I hope these LBGT style books don't get stuck in that same rut.

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Oct 04, 2019

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Jan 19, 2017

chelseasc thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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