What happens when who you are on the inside clashes with what you are on the outside?
All adolescents face the quest for identity, but gender change complicates ‘coming of age’.
School-leaver Skye plays guitar in her all-girl band, The Chronic Cramps. Making her name in the punk music scene is easier than FTM (female to male) transitioning: from Skye to Finn, from girl to man. At the school reunion, Finn faces victimisation, but challenges the bullies.
Uncovering genetic mysteries about family heritage tears the family apart. Gran’s loved sibling Al was also Alberta. Transgender identity is more than hormones and surgery, it’s about acceptance. Going public, Finn sings FTM lyrics on TV.
With a little help from bemused mates and parents who don’t want to lose a daughter, but who love their teenager, Finn is transitioning.
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Authors: Hazel Edwards. Co-writer New Zealand-based Ryan Kennedy
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
Pub Date: February 2010
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Ford Street publishing
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