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I am J

Title

I am J

Authors

Cris Beam

Publisher

Cris Beam

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9780316053600

Pages

352 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL710L

Diversity Topics

Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender & Sexuality); Biracial; Interracial; Transgender; biracial teenager; interracial parents; transgender teenager; girl to boy

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Latinx (Puerto Rican) / White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

transgender male

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2011, Nominee, Fiction Young Adult
James Cook Book Award: Celebrating Diversity in Teen Literature, 2013, Honor Book, Cook Book
Lambda Literary Award, 2012, Finalist, LGBT Children's/Young Adult

Keywords

emotional problems; identity; friendship; support group; parental resistance; counseling; testosterone; truancy

Diversity Impact

direct

I am J


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