The Art of Being Normal
David Fickling Books 2016 $25.99pb 357pp
ISBN 978 1 9102 0052 0
Themes: Being Different/ Friendship/ High School Life /Transgender teenagers
David’s parents just don’t understand that he is not Gay, he is a girl, a girl called Kate and he wants to be allowed to live as Kate. Leo is also different and he just wants to be invisible. The two become friends which is just as well because in the explosive atmosphere of high school life, being different is a hurtful time bomb. A book (which has been immensely popular overseas since it was published late last year) to make the reader (both transgender and straight) think outside the square and to come away with a new understanding. There are also moments of real humour in the story and in spite of its length, it needs, if possible to be read at a long sitting.
Year 8 up/ Age 12 up