Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker
Electronic, Aspen Valley (JH), Challenger, Chinook Trail (MS), Eagleview, Frontier
Categories: Anti-Religion, LGBTQ+
Description: The author of Felix Yz crafts a story about a trans girl solving a cyber mystery and coming into her own.
YA Label?: No
Notes: Includes story of a transgender, two gay aunts, and a drag queen.
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Page 26: “Hello, God. Thank you for me not dying today. Even though I felt like I was going to. And thank you for no one seeing that I have this stupid boy body…I lived a day as a girl today. As who I really am.”
Page 36: “Out there in that trailer, and her dad going deep loopy on the Bible-thumping and such toward the end, I guess.”
Page 40: “’Because he’s a total dickwad, and he won’t take kindly to being shown up by a girl.’ Zen relaxed her frown long enough to give Clem a quick ghost of a smile-for the assumption of her skill, but especially for girl. ‘That’s his problem.’”
Page 62: “‘She’ll be all right,’ Aunt Phil said to her wife. ‘She’s a smart and independent young human.’”
Pages 81-82: “And now an appointment with a gender doctor. Zen had done some homework about that, despite the intense squirminess it brought on. Dysphoria, she had learned that squirminess was called-a name for a twisty, awful disconnect trans people could feel between body and brain.”
Page 82: “Hormone blockers. Well that wasn’t so bad. She could take a pill.”
Page 98: “Some outfits she had to hastily take off again becaus she could see in the mirror that the stupid bulge would be a problem, but that always happened when she was alone, so the ick factor stayed manageable, and she felt safe enough to go on.”
Page 100: “In the car on the way home, Zen said, ‘Brad Haynes.’ Uncle Sprink glanced back. ‘Yes?’ ‘So where does ‘Sprink’ come from?’ The two adults in the front seat exchanged a look. ‘It’s part of my drag name, honey,’ said Uncle Sprink. ‘The full name is Sprinkles La Fontaine.’”
Page 108: “Hey, God? If you care so much about me, why did you make me like this? Having to choose between home and being real?”
Page 158: “And then, if I’m so afraid to go to school, to go anywhere, because somebody might figure out that I was born with a boy body, that I have this stupid thing between my legs that I hate with all my brain, then they win.”
Page 307: “A little sooner than she felt ready, the doorbell rang. Zen opened the door and gasped. An enormous and magnificent woman stood in the foyer…It took Zen a second to unstick herself. She closed her hanging jaw and said, ‘Uncle…Uncle Sprink?’ ‘Call me Sprinkles, tonight, if you don’t mind, love.’ said Sprinkles, stalking regally into the apartment.”