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COVER ART BY SUSAN HAE-JIN LEE

BETWEEN PERFECT AND REAL. Amulet Books, April 13, 2021.

A moving YA debut about a trans boy finding his voice—and himself

Dean Foster knows he’s a trans guy. He’s watched enough YouTube videos and done enough questioning to be sure. But everyone at his high school thinks he’s a lesbian—including his girlfriend Zoe, and his theater director, who just cast him as a “nontraditional” Romeo. He wonders if maybe it would be easier to wait until college to come out. But as he plays Romeo every day in rehearsals, Dean realizes he wants everyone to see him as he really is now––not just on the stage, but everywhere in his life. Dean knows what he needs to do. Can playing a role help Dean be his true self?

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COVER ART BY RICHIE POPE

Parker Outside the Box
TAKE THE MIC: FICTIONAL STORIES OF EVERYDAY RESISTANCE
Edited by Bethany C. Morrow. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books, 2019.

This young adult anthology features fictional stories about all the ways teens resist oppression in big and small ways, every day. My story is about Parker, a nonbinary teen who becomes a mentor to a trans child, and learns how to stand up for themself in the process.

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