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Gracefully Grayson

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky 1484723651 9781484723654
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Tenderly and courageously told, Gracefully Grayson is a small miracle of a book. Its story is so compelling I found myself holding my breath as I read it and so intimate I felt as if what was happening to Grayson was happening to me. Thank you, Ami Polonsky, for creating this memorable character who will open hearts and minds and very possibly be the miracle that changes lives. -James Howe, award-winning and best-selling author of The Misfits

What if who you are on the outside doesnt match who you are on the inside?

Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: he is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong genders body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Graysons true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teachers wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

Debut author Ami Polonskys moving, beautifully-written novel about identity, self-esteem, and friendship shines with the strength of a young persons spirit and the enduring power of acceptance.

Praise for Gracefully Grayson

Dont be intimidated when I say that Gracefully Grayson is an important book. (It is.) Its also a brave, exhilarating, heart-stopping, roller-coaster ride of self-discovery that will leave you cheering.
-Dean Pitchford, Oscar-winning songwriter and award-winning author of Captain Nobody and Nickel Bay NickIn this sweet and thoughtful debut, an introverted sixth grader begins to come into her own as a transgender girl. The writing is clear and effortless, with a straightforward plot and likable characters. Grayson is a charming narrator who balances uncertainty with clarity, bravery with anxiety. This title has less obvious and didactic intent than other novels featuring transgender protagonists. A welcome addition to a burgeoning genre.
-School Library Journal
Thoughtfully told through Graysons eyes, the story conveys his angst, hurt, loss, and emerging confidence as he struggles with a whirlwind of emotions. His new friends allow him to find the courage to become who she really is, and we are privileged to watch the transformation take place. With great courage, Polonskys debut novel reminds us with much sensitivity that we are all unique and deserve to become who we are meant to be.
-Booklist Polonsky captures the loneliness of a child resigned to disappear rather than be rejected, and then the courageous risk that child eventually takes to be seen for who she is. The first-person narration successfully positions readers to experience Graysons confusion, fear, pain, and triumphs as they happen, lending an immediate and intimate feel to the narrative.-Horn Book

Author: Ami Polonsky

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 256

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 2016-06-07

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