I have never felt lượt thích I belonged lớn my body. Never in the way rhythm belongs to a tuy nhiên or waves belong to an ocean. It seems lượt thích most people figure out where they belong by knowing where they came from. When they look in the mirror, they see their family in their eyes, in their sharp jawlines, in the texture of their hair. When they look at family photos, they see faces of people who look lượt thích them. They see faces of people who they’ll look like in the future. For me, I only have my imagination. But I’m always trying.

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Twelve-year-old Gabriela is trying khổng lồ find their place in the world. In their body, which feels less & less right with each passing day. As an adoptee, in their all-white family. With their mom, whom they love fiercely and do anything they can to lớn help with her depression. And at school, where they search for friends. A new year will bring a school project, trans và queer friends, và a YouTube channel that help Gabriela find purpose in their journey. From debut author medina comes a beautifully told story of finding oneself và one’s community, at last.


“With stellar adult characters, accessible prose, a diverse cast, & an uplifting narrative, the book tells a quick-moving story that can serve as a guide for adults khổng lồ explore the LGBTQ+ lexicon with young people and help middle-grade readers discover, like Gabriela does, the nguồn of understanding and identifying themselves.

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A sweet book that’s sure to spread love và hopefulness.” — Kirkus

“The plot touches on various sensitive topics not often seen in middle-grade texts, such as transphobia, homophobia, & depression. An informative introduction to intersectional identities in an approachable first-person narrative, this title will connect with all types of readers who are on their own personal journey.”—Booklist

About medina

medina (they/them) is a queer Honduran nonbinary trans adoptee living in brooklyn. They have a dual MFA in nonfiction & writing for children và young adults from The New School. This is their first novel.



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