Marvin Redpost, Is He a Girl? by Louis Sachar

Available At: Explorer, Mountain View, Ranch Creek

Categories : LGBTQ+

Description: After Casey Happleton tells him that if he kisses his elbow he will turn into a girl, nine-year-old Marvin experiments and finds himself very confused about his identity.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains benign references to switching genders.

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Page 10: He liked being a boy. He was glad he was a boy! One thing for sure. He did not want to turn into a girl! At least not forever. Maybe it would be okay for a few minutes. Just to see what it was like.

Page 38: “What’s wrong with turning into a girl?” asked the voice. “Girls are better than boys. Girls are smarter. Prettier. Braver. Girls can have ponytails. Pigtails. Bangs. Grils can wear sparkles on their clothes.”

Page 40: He giggled. It was fun to be a girl!

Page 47: “Do you think it would be weird if I wore a dress to school?” Marvin asked her.

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