[KINDLE] ❆ Zenobia July ❤ Lisa Bunker – Writerscompany.co.uk

Zenobia July I loved this book, which was totally different from the author s first book but just as powerful in its own regard The way this author handles gender stuff is just phenomenal, incorporating specific experiences that trans and nonbinary people have that are rarely, if ever, featured in literature of any time The story has a LOT happening in it all at once, which I imagine would be overwhelming for some readers and exhilarating for others like it was for me It had a little bit of a mystery element to it, which I normally do not like, but it was integrated into the plot so neatly that it worked for me.I do plan to re rea One thing I really like about Lisa Bunker s books is that the LGBT characters have actual stories instead of Just Being Gay or trans, or what have you In this one, Zenobia fights cybercrime while potentially commiting some of her own She s trans, it s a major part of the story, but it isn t the only part of the story She s a well rounded character, and she s so lovable One of the things I really don t like about Lisa Bunker s books is the way gender neutral pronouns are handled Arli uses the pronouns vo ven veir, which is fine They don t flow on the page very well or off the tongue very well , but they re the pronouns this character is choosing to use Except After Zenobia learns that these are Arli s pronouns, she starts using them for the mysterious hacker she s trying to catch I get WHY she doesn t know the hacker s gender, so gender neut Liked this trans girl MG so much Really memorable and varied secondary cast, no deadnaming though there is misgendering of another character , and I love that the MC is a cybergenius. E ARC from Edleweiss PlusZenobia has moved from Arizona, where she lived with her dysfunctional father after the death of her mother, and is now living in Maine with her Aunt Lucy and her wife Phil She is starting a new school, and rather nervous about it, especially since she is a trans girl and no one at the new school knows her background She wants to keep it that way, so is rather quiet She does manage to make a friend, Arli, who has a lunch table full of friends who all have some trouble fitting in Arli is gender queer, and does not identify as any gender, which has caused troubles at home The pronouns Arli uses are vo, ven, veir Zenobia helps her teacher out with some computer problems, but before long there is a really big computer issue Chantal who is Muslim and whom Arli calls Dyna , is the subject of racist threats on the school web site Eager to find the hackers, Zenobia offers to investigate In the meantime, one of her aunts friends takes her shopping and gets her clothes that make her comfortable, and she makes friends with Melissa She is invited to Melissa s house for family games, and her mother is very comforting, but Melissa s family is very religious When it turns out that another classmate, Elijah, is a trans boy, Melissa is not very understanding, and others in the school are negative enough Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one.First, the story itself It wasokay, but there was some pretty big issues with it, mainly with regards to the hacking I m not a hacker, but I do have some decent programming knowledge, and while some of the basic details worked and there are plenty of hackers that are pre teens it went way overboard into Zen basically being able to do magic with a keyboard I may not know much about hacking, but I do know that she wouldn t have been able to instantly make a game do whatever she wanted in real time Beyond that, everything was tied up a bit too easily not terribly surprising for middle grade, but it made the ending feel a bit rushed and the book as a whole feel somewhat unfinished Overall, the story is a perfectly adequate, unremarkable middle grade book, which I m sure will appeal to much of the target demographic.Second, of course, is the rep Because like it or not, a book like this can t just be looked at solely by the story on its own merits and, let s be honest, that isn t why I picked it up in the first place There are so few books with trans main characters, which means this book has to stand as one of the only examples of trans rep in this entire category It s clear the author is aware of this, because this book has all the rep Not literally, of cou One of the best trans books I ve read I also really loved the author s delicate and honest portrayal of Christian Evangelism I wish the editor had cut out the interludes I will be interested to see what those look like in the final print version. 5 YOU GUYS Add this to your TBR STAT if you work in a middle school It s phenomenal I am about to do a terrible job describing it because I just cannot capture its amazingness in words that do it justice Zen is starting over in a new state and new school when she moves in with her aunts She can finally be who she really is and wear what she really wants, including dresses She falls in with a quirky crew, including Arli, who is trying to figure out ver own gender and has been using gender neutral pronouns all ver life As Zen struggles to come out as transgender, she runs into trouble with a guy at school who she is convinced hacked the school website she just has to I really liked Zen and enjoyed reading her figure out who she could and would be, who she wanted to be friends with, how to see herself as she wants to I love the family related and chosen and friends that she gains the Aunties and Uncle Sprink, Arli, Dyna, and to a lesser extent Clem and Elijah I appreciat Personal stuff below.So Gender What does it mean to me Honestly, it s simple He negates me He erases me.I ve always known that I m different Since I was little I knew that I wasn t a boy I ve never been completely sure that I m the opposite, but I ve always been comfortable for the most part existing as something in between.And of course it was painful I thought it was a phase, at first, just a flight of my imagination But it persisted And it hurt, and it flew in the face of everything I was taught was acceptable But it persisted, and grew, and though I decided to hide it behind facial hair and gendered pronouns, it stayed with me, ever present as a shadow.It wasn t until high school, maybe college, that I could give a name to what I was Genderqueer Non binary works too And while there was liberation in giving name to what I was and am , I chose to continue wearing the beard.Oh the beard I should talk about that for a sec My beard was, in a sense, armor It protected me from the world, shielded me from the temptation to embrace my nature and the androgyny I ve secretly always striven for It forced me to be a boy, then a man, and the world treated me like a boy, then a man And I hated it I hated being shackled to a gender, and I hated Read Zenobia July Author Lisa Bunker Ivogue.co.uk The Critically Acclaimed Author Of Felix Yz Crafts A Bold, Heartfelt Story About A Trans Girl Solving A Cyber Mystery And Coming Into Her Own.Zenobia July Is Starting A New Life She Used To Live In Arizona With Her Father Now She S In Maine With Her Aunts She Used To Spend Most Of Her Time Behind A Computer Screen, Improving Her Impressive Coding And Hacking Skills Now She S Coming Out Of Her Shell And Discovering A Community Of Friends At Monarch Middle School People Used To Tell Her She Was A Boy Now She S Able To Live Openly As The Girl She Always Knew She Was.When Someone Anonymously Posts Hateful Memes On Her School S Website, Zenobia Knows She S The One With The Abilities To Solve The Mystery, All While Wrestling With The Challenges Of A New School, A New Family, And Coming To Grips With Presenting Her True Gender For The First Time Timely And Touching, Zenobia July Is, At Its Heart, A Story About Finding Home.

About the Author: Lisa Bunker

Lisa Bunker has written stories all her life Before setting up shop as a full time author she had a 30 year career in non commercial broadcasting, most recently as Program Director of the community radio station in Portland, Maine Besides Maine she has made homes in New Mexico, southern California, Seattle, and the Florida panhandle She currently lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with her partner

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