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"Todd Winslow, who has just finished seventh grade ... has always struggled with his own identity and what it means to be a boy, being perpetually measured against what his father views as the 'perfect son'.... Philips presents a difficult gender issue to readers in a delicate manner. The target audience is those who are just coming into their own and trying to define their own personal identity...." -- Children's Literature (CLCD Issue May 2008)

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (November 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159858359X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598583595
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,686,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madelyn Vanderhoogt on November 29, 2007
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A. A. Philips has deftly portrayed the inner world of a pre-teen trying to keep secret his love of dolls, mermaids, and dressing in girl's clothes--who suffers under his father's stern wish for him to be "manly." Todd's parents believe they are acting on his behalf when they prohibit all "girl-like" behavior and try to get him to go to a sports camp. In the nature camp he chooses, however, interactions with his counselor, Twig, and nerdy but strong-in-character Olivia result in greater understanding all the way around. The characters and the situation are so beautifully and sensitively presented that the book will be of interest to any teen, no matter how he or she might feel "different" and to the parents of pre-teens, helping them to see the consequences of unmeetable expectations. This is a great book to give pre-teens or teens or their parents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By washgrover on January 29, 2008
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The dialogue and relationships among the teens in this book brought me back several decades. The author manages to convey the difficult, awkward early teen years in an easy, believable story. I will urge my children to read this book -- a wonderful way for them to think about the thorny issues raised in the simplest of every day interactions, and to perhaps help them trust their own sense of what is right which will get them through more easily. I have a feeling most kids that age deal with pressure to "fit in" every day. This book shows the consequences of choices in handling that pressure, even for the "regular" kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 9, 2007
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Nowadays, there are quite a few books about children with non-traditional gender identity. However, they typically are found in the young adult section. At last, we have a book for middle schoolers that helps children in this situation realize that they are not alone, that there are others like them. In addition to handling a delicate subject well, A.A. Phillips has created an entertaining story about summer camp. A must read for children not only with similar problems, but who also have family members or friends in this situation.
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