A touching, humorous story of strong-willed eleven-year-old Liv, who is determined to challenge his school’s terrible dress code and change his life. Inspire empathy and compassion (and a few laughs!) in young readers with this stunning middle-grade novel.
“My name is Liv (Not Olivia)… I’m not technically a girl. I’m transgender. Which is a bit like being a Transformer. Only not quite as cool because I probably won’t get to save the world one day.”
Liv knows he was always meant to be a boy, but with his new school’s terrible dress code, he can’t even wear pants. Only skirts.
Operation: Pants Project begins! The only way for Liv to get what he wants is to go after it himself. But to Liv, this isn’t just a mission to change the policy-it’s a mission to change his life.
And that’s a pretty big deal. Perfect for parents, educators, and librarians looking for a book for young readers that:
Has a transgender main character with a humorous voice Is a hopeful, sweet story with a happily-ever-after ending
Will prompt discussions on gender identity, bullying, self-esteem, empathy, acceptance, and social justice.
A 2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People selection Amelia Bloomer Project nominee
A 2020 Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Awards nominee
Bullying, Empathy, Social Justice, LGBTQ2S+, Courage, Identity, Inner Self, Confidence, Acceptance, Self Expression, Fashion, Family, Gender, Gender Identity, LGBTQ2S+, Self-Respect, Self-Esteem, Gender Inclusive, Gender Alliance, Gender Diversity, Our Body, Our Expression, Expression, Fluidity, Gender Exploration, Introduction to Gender for anyone, Gender Language, Clothing, Hobbies, Guide, Discussion points, Resource, Celebrating Gender Diversity