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Zenobia July The critically acclaimed author of Felix Yz crafts a bold heartfelt story about a trans girl solving a cyber mystery and coming into her ownZenobia 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 wasWhen 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


10 thoughts on “Zenobia July

  1. Tucker (TuckerTheReader) Tucker (TuckerTheReader) says:

    Many thanks to Penguin Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review How can they not know? It just keeps happening that nobody sees and so I've kept going but I'm always waiting for the hammer to fall and I hate having this hammer over my head I hate it This is truly one of the best books I have read this year It’s Wonder but instead of physical disfigurement gender is the main topic of interest So what’s this book about? As mentioned above this book is like Wonder but it explores gender instead It follows a diverse cast of characters each trying to figure out who they areCharacter♠ Zenobia July By far Zen was one of my favorite characters of 2019 She is a middle schooler who is currently going through her transition from male to female But as most middle schoolers are she is full of insecurity I could totally relate to her It was really enjoyable to see the topic of gender covered in a middle grade novel♠ Arli Arli is a very complicated character Vo Ven chosen pronouns is also dealing with ver own insecurities Ver family is a mess Arli is trying to cope and is also trying to figure out ven gender ♠ Aunties I love the Aunties I won’t go into them to much because I don’t want to ruin the fun The Aunties are silly smart and all around great people Just go read the book and enjoy the silly fun♠ Melissa SCCCCCCCCCRRRRRRREEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW MELISSSSSSSAAAAAAAA Okay fine she does have some redeemable ualities but still Screw her♠ Natalie She sucks to As I said gender is a huge theme in this book While this theme is explored in a wide array of novels I have never seen it explored this thoroughly and in such an intamite way I personally have struggled with my own gender dysphoria and I almost felt as though the author had reached into my brain and put my story on paper I am not transgender but I have thought about it even before I knew what exactly it was I loved getting to see the whole process messy thoughts and all in such a uniue and realistic wayAnother huge theme in this book is friendship I loved getting to see Arli and Zen becomes friends Even though it did feel a bit forced it was very enjoyable and made me wish for a friend like thatOverall this was an amazing novel that explored gender and friendshipBottom Line5 StarsAge Rating PG TW TransphobiaCover 45 Plot 55 Characters 55Publisher Viking Books for Young ReadersPublication Date May 21st 2019Series Stand aloneGenre LGBTContemporary| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram


  2. Chris Chris says:

    Personal stuff belowSo Gender What does it mean to me?Honestly it's simpleHe negates me He erases meI'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 betweenAnd 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 shadowIt wasn't until high school maybe college that I could give a name to what I was Genderueer Non binary works too And while there was liberation in giving name to what I was and am I chose to continue wearing the beardOh 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 knowing that the longer I wore my beard the longer I embraced overt masculinity the harder it would be to eventually come out How can you say you're not a man I worried people would say when you spent the last ten years looking like a viking?'I'm still not sure how I would answer that uestion in high school or in college although I did come out to a few ueer friends of mineI shaved off the beard I'm approaching thirty and tired of lying by omissionSoHello worldMy name is Chris and I do not identify as male or female My pronouns are they and them I will not wear a beard again and my dream in life is to eventually look the way I feel Gender is irrelevant to me I love without regard to gender and I would like to live without regard to gender Maybe one day I will cross over to the other side and become something solid something easily identifiable But for now I am what I am See me Hear me Know meSee us hear us know us love usPeace to Leelah Alcorn Peace to Marsha P Johnson Peace to Christine Jorgenson Peace to Candy Darling Peace to Eddie Izzard Peace to Alex GinoPeace to Baby Dee Peace to Anohni Peace to Julia Yasuda Peace to Chloe Dzubilo Peace to Richard O'Brien Peace to Poppy Z BritePeace to Jinkx Monsoon Peace to Jack MonroePeace to the kathoey the fa'afafine the bakla and all the others I could list Peace to Brandon TeenaYou are my parents and my siblings You are part of my history and I am part of yoursOur story is true and beautiful and unending You are real real as rainbows real as every cloud and star and particle of sky is realCome down to usPeace to Arli and Zen too


  3. Emily Emily says:

    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 vovenveir 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 neutral pronouns are the way to go but I don't LIKE it Those pronouns are very very specific to one person in her life and using vovenveir for the hacker instead of theythem made it really unclear whether she was referring to Arli or the hacker view spoilerIt also gave away the twist the hacks are coming from Arli's computer though Arli is not responsible I legit figured this out because of the pronouns hide spoiler


  4. Dahlia Dahlia says:

    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


  5. Leah (Jane Speare) Leah (Jane Speare) says:

    Video games and hacking are Zenobia's passions abilities that come in handy when someone defaces her new middle school’s website with racial slurs Zen and her new friend Arli are determined to find out the culprit but while she is getting closer to her new friend she's getting nervous about sharing a her past with them a past in a different state before she lived with her two Aunties and before she was allowed to wear dresses This book celebrates our beautiful differences while also highlighting the difficulties that often come with that personal expression Ultimately it is a dazzling reminder for us to be ourselves no matter how our society tries to label us


  6. Ms. Yingling Ms. Yingling says:

    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 uiet 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 ueer 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 that Zen really wants to keep her secret Her aunts are supportive of her ups and downs with fitting in and there are a lot of upsets In the end though Zen is able to solve the hacker mystery keep her good friends and even trusts Arli with her identityNota Bene I have tried to get all of my gender language correct but it is something that I struggle with It does change as well so what is correct today may not be later Strengths I really liked how Zen's identity was described she had just always felt like a girl her mother and father struggled with it and her aunts were supportive There wasn't the concentration on hair and clothing although those were mentioned that I've seen in other books which was a nice change The middle school drama was accurate and it wasn't all due to Zen's gender I especially liked the computer interest and the hacking nd the way the teacher handled it was well done he took Zen's suggestions but the work was done by the school Most of all the love and support of the aunts was great Weaknesses Like The Lotterys the overabundance of divergent characters made the book less serious Zen is a trans girl Arli is gender ueer Elijah is a trans boy the aunts are either a lesbian couple or Aunt Phil is trans there are hints and I wasn't sure nor do I feel I was supposed to be sure Arli's mother is perhaps also gender ueer Arli refers to his dad and his parent and Brad Uncle Sprink is a transvestite This is a lot to process for middle grade readers who may ever have met anyone like these characters I would have preferred it if Zen and Arli were the focus and the other characters were mainstream since that would be navigable for students would highlight the Zen and Arli's difficulties against a background of binary characters and also seem realistic There are also a lot of asides Zen's conversations with god other people's thoughts that slowed down the plot What I really think I am definitely going to buy it but I wish it had been streamlined so that the most important issues were highlighted and could be easily understood by my students


  7. Carli Carli says:

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️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 uirky 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 prove it Yes she’s a ba hacker too This story will have you cheering for Zen and her uirky friends as they struggle to define who they really are amid the changes middle school brings anyway Highly recommend for all middle school readers and libraries


  8. Coco Chen (misscocochen) Coco Chen (misscocochen) says:

    This might be the ueerest book I’ve ever read ft trans girl trans boy genderueer person voven pronouns lesbian guardians and a drag ueen?? We stan This book was such as wholesome adorable heartwarming story without undercutting and sugarcoating a trans experience While I can’t speak to the experience myself Zenobia does experience dysphoria and the fear of being outed and I think to have that tackled especially in a middle grade novel is so important This book also managed to be a book about friendship and family introduce and flesh out multiple diverse and uirky characters If you’re trying to read diversely or even if you just want a really cozy read I’d definitely recommend Zenobia July


  9. Danni Green Danni Green says:

    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 meI do plan to re read this with attention to how the author handles raceethnicity I admit that I was so captivated by the story that I made some mental notes to myself about things that seemed off to me with regard to this but don't remember now exactly what that was about


  10. Megan Roberts Megan Roberts says:

    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


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