The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
Electronic, Chinook Trail (MS), Timberview
Description: Eleven-year-old Liv (Olivia) is determined to challenge his school’s terrible dress code and change his life.
YA Label?: No
Notes: Olivia self-describes as a transgender, which is like being a Transformer, who has two moms.
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Page 8: “I began to think that the word ‘girl’ didn’t quite fit me. It was like a shoe that was too small-it pinched me.”
Page 9: “Please can you pass the ketchup? Oh, and by the way, I think I’m a boy, not a girl.”
Page 9: “At first, I was just antsy when people used the word ‘girl’ or ‘daughter’ or ‘sister,’ or when they insisted on calling me Olivia even though I told them to call me Liv.”
Page 17: “I’d spent a lot of time googling on the laptop (and them making sure to delete my search history, even though I was 99 percent sure the moms wouldn’t know how to check it anyway).”
Page 17: ”I already knew the word. Transgender. I sort of liked it because it made me think of Transformers, and Enzo and I love those movies.”
Page 17: ”I’ve always hated being called ‘young lady.’ It makes me want to smash things.”
Page 113: ”He was getting annoyed now; I was pushing my luck. ‘Because you’re a girl!’ I bet if I told him the truth there and then, he wouldn’t have listened.”
Page 156: ”My body was changing. And it felt very, very wrong.”
Page 156: ”’Why don’t you talk to Mr. Lynch about making sure the change in the uniform policy works both ways?’ ‘Hmm, maybe we’d better leave that particular battle until next year. One step at a time.’ It was as if he’d read my mind!”
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