Zenobia July

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 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; The critically acclaimed author of Felix Yz crafts a bold, heartfelt story about a trans girl solving a cyber mystery and...

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Author:Lisa Bunker
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  • Laura Gardner
    Aug 04, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

  • Jessie
    Jun 09, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

  • Jill
    Aug 27, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

    Most of it is well done (except for the random 1-2 page chapters from other people?s points of view about Zenobia - I?m sorry, but they just didn?t fit. Yanked me right out of the story without adding anything), but not my cup of tea. The characters are flawed in realistic ways, ...

    ?Zenobia July? is a heartwarming, middle-grade novel about a transgender girl who starts her new life in a new town with her aunts. I received this book from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest and free review. It sounded like a perfect read for Pride Month. I am ...

    3.5 stars I loved the representation in this book. A realistic trans lead whose struggles aren't only about being trans! A nonbinary best friend! Lesbian guardians! All developed in a way that I felt was empathetic and true-to-life. This story also clearly comes from an own voices p...

    After I realized this book was written by the same author as Feliz Yx, I almost put it back, but then decided I was curious to see if the writing was any better, and I was pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, Bunker did not repeat her mistakes. In Felix, there was way too much going on...

    This is a fabulous middle school story about a girl called Zenobia, a name she chose because it takes her back to the beginning Z to A. Zenobia is starting a new school, filled with the usual mishmash of mean girls, groupies, jock boys, and misfits. She is also starting over in a new ...

    Imagine feeling unsafe in your own skin and hating the body that you were born in. That?s what Zen has to deal with. Zenobia, the main character, is a trans girl born in a boy's body. She used to live in Arizona with her parents, but since they both have passed away she needed to rel...

    This has been my favorite book of summer break! I loved Lisa Bunker's Felix Yz, so I was thrilled when this one showed up on my porch. Zenobia July is an excellent - and complicated, happy/sad, joyful - middle-grade book. Zenobia, her Aunties, and all the other characters are folks tha...

    Really liked this one. Main character is a middle school age trans girl who just moved across the country to live with her aunts. Adjusting to a new school is difficult, especially in terms of finding friends. This is complicated by the fact that her family has decided she should go st...

    Zenobia moves to a new town to live with her Aunties and quickly discovers a small group of friends she feels comfortable with. Well, mostly. Zenobia just wants to be a girl, not the trans girl, so she keeps her secret hidden. When someone outs a trans boy at her school, she suddenly f...

    This sweet story about a girl coming into her own has a bunch of great characters and handles the topic of gender appropriately for the intended audience. I really wanted to rate it higher than I did because it does so many things right... but I had a very hard time with the message th...

  • Madeline
    Jul 06, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

  • Megan Roberts
    Feb 02, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Rebecca
    Jun 16, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 19, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

  • Brenda Kahn
    Apr 22, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

  • FoxClouds
    Jun 16, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

    Most of it is well done (except for the random 1-2 page chapters from other people?s points of view about Zenobia - I?m sorry, but they just didn?t fit. Yanked me right out of the story without adding anything), but not my cup of tea. The characters are flawed in realistic ways, ...

    ?Zenobia July? is a heartwarming, middle-grade novel about a transgender girl who starts her new life in a new town with her aunts. I received this book from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest and free review. It sounded like a perfect read for Pride Month. I am ...

  • Leah (Jane Speare)
    Jan 30, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

  • Dahlia
    Jun 03, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

  • Shoshanna
    Jul 05, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

    Most of it is well done (except for the random 1-2 page chapters from other people?s points of view about Zenobia - I?m sorry, but they just didn?t fit. Yanked me right out of the story without adding anything), but not my cup of tea. The characters are flawed in realistic ways, ...

    ?Zenobia July? is a heartwarming, middle-grade novel about a transgender girl who starts her new life in a new town with her aunts. I received this book from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest and free review. It sounded like a perfect read for Pride Month. I am ...

    3.5 stars I loved the representation in this book. A realistic trans lead whose struggles aren't only about being trans! A nonbinary best friend! Lesbian guardians! All developed in a way that I felt was empathetic and true-to-life. This story also clearly comes from an own voices p...

    After I realized this book was written by the same author as Feliz Yx, I almost put it back, but then decided I was curious to see if the writing was any better, and I was pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, Bunker did not repeat her mistakes. In Felix, there was way too much going on...

    This is a fabulous middle school story about a girl called Zenobia, a name she chose because it takes her back to the beginning Z to A. Zenobia is starting a new school, filled with the usual mishmash of mean girls, groupies, jock boys, and misfits. She is also starting over in a new ...

    Imagine feeling unsafe in your own skin and hating the body that you were born in. That?s what Zen has to deal with. Zenobia, the main character, is a trans girl born in a boy's body. She used to live in Arizona with her parents, but since they both have passed away she needed to rel...

    This has been my favorite book of summer break! I loved Lisa Bunker's Felix Yz, so I was thrilled when this one showed up on my porch. Zenobia July is an excellent - and complicated, happy/sad, joyful - middle-grade book. Zenobia, her Aunties, and all the other characters are folks tha...

    Really liked this one. Main character is a middle school age trans girl who just moved across the country to live with her aunts. Adjusting to a new school is difficult, especially in terms of finding friends. This is complicated by the fact that her family has decided she should go st...

  • Ariana
    May 23, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

  • Erin Logan
    May 14, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

    Most of it is well done (except for the random 1-2 page chapters from other people?s points of view about Zenobia - I?m sorry, but they just didn?t fit. Yanked me right out of the story without adding anything), but not my cup of tea. The characters are flawed in realistic ways, ...

    ?Zenobia July? is a heartwarming, middle-grade novel about a transgender girl who starts her new life in a new town with her aunts. I received this book from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest and free review. It sounded like a perfect read for Pride Month. I am ...

    3.5 stars I loved the representation in this book. A realistic trans lead whose struggles aren't only about being trans! A nonbinary best friend! Lesbian guardians! All developed in a way that I felt was empathetic and true-to-life. This story also clearly comes from an own voices p...

    After I realized this book was written by the same author as Feliz Yx, I almost put it back, but then decided I was curious to see if the writing was any better, and I was pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, Bunker did not repeat her mistakes. In Felix, there was way too much going on...

    This is a fabulous middle school story about a girl called Zenobia, a name she chose because it takes her back to the beginning Z to A. Zenobia is starting a new school, filled with the usual mishmash of mean girls, groupies, jock boys, and misfits. She is also starting over in a new ...

    Imagine feeling unsafe in your own skin and hating the body that you were born in. That?s what Zen has to deal with. Zenobia, the main character, is a trans girl born in a boy's body. She used to live in Arizona with her parents, but since they both have passed away she needed to rel...

    This has been my favorite book of summer break! I loved Lisa Bunker's Felix Yz, so I was thrilled when this one showed up on my porch. Zenobia July is an excellent - and complicated, happy/sad, joyful - middle-grade book. Zenobia, her Aunties, and all the other characters are folks tha...

    Really liked this one. Main character is a middle school age trans girl who just moved across the country to live with her aunts. Adjusting to a new school is difficult, especially in terms of finding friends. This is complicated by the fact that her family has decided she should go st...

    Zenobia moves to a new town to live with her Aunties and quickly discovers a small group of friends she feels comfortable with. Well, mostly. Zenobia just wants to be a girl, not the trans girl, so she keeps her secret hidden. When someone outs a trans boy at her school, she suddenly f...

  • Adriana
    Jun 14, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

  • Danni Green
    Jul 12, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

  • Sarah Adamson
    Oct 12, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

    Most of it is well done (except for the random 1-2 page chapters from other people?s points of view about Zenobia - I?m sorry, but they just didn?t fit. Yanked me right out of the story without adding anything), but not my cup of tea. The characters are flawed in realistic ways, ...

    ?Zenobia July? is a heartwarming, middle-grade novel about a transgender girl who starts her new life in a new town with her aunts. I received this book from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest and free review. It sounded like a perfect read for Pride Month. I am ...

    3.5 stars I loved the representation in this book. A realistic trans lead whose struggles aren't only about being trans! A nonbinary best friend! Lesbian guardians! All developed in a way that I felt was empathetic and true-to-life. This story also clearly comes from an own voices p...

    After I realized this book was written by the same author as Feliz Yx, I almost put it back, but then decided I was curious to see if the writing was any better, and I was pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, Bunker did not repeat her mistakes. In Felix, there was way too much going on...

    This is a fabulous middle school story about a girl called Zenobia, a name she chose because it takes her back to the beginning Z to A. Zenobia is starting a new school, filled with the usual mishmash of mean girls, groupies, jock boys, and misfits. She is also starting over in a new ...

  • Kaylee
    Oct 17, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

    Most of it is well done (except for the random 1-2 page chapters from other people?s points of view about Zenobia - I?m sorry, but they just didn?t fit. Yanked me right out of the story without adding anything), but not my cup of tea. The characters are flawed in realistic ways, ...

    ?Zenobia July? is a heartwarming, middle-grade novel about a transgender girl who starts her new life in a new town with her aunts. I received this book from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest and free review. It sounded like a perfect read for Pride Month. I am ...

    3.5 stars I loved the representation in this book. A realistic trans lead whose struggles aren't only about being trans! A nonbinary best friend! Lesbian guardians! All developed in a way that I felt was empathetic and true-to-life. This story also clearly comes from an own voices p...

  • Aurora
    Jun 11, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

  • Jennifer
    Oct 16, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

    Most of it is well done (except for the random 1-2 page chapters from other people?s points of view about Zenobia - I?m sorry, but they just didn?t fit. Yanked me right out of the story without adding anything), but not my cup of tea. The characters are flawed in realistic ways, ...

    ?Zenobia July? is a heartwarming, middle-grade novel about a transgender girl who starts her new life in a new town with her aunts. I received this book from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest and free review. It sounded like a perfect read for Pride Month. I am ...

    3.5 stars I loved the representation in this book. A realistic trans lead whose struggles aren't only about being trans! A nonbinary best friend! Lesbian guardians! All developed in a way that I felt was empathetic and true-to-life. This story also clearly comes from an own voices p...

    After I realized this book was written by the same author as Feliz Yx, I almost put it back, but then decided I was curious to see if the writing was any better, and I was pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, Bunker did not repeat her mistakes. In Felix, there was way too much going on...

  • Sarina
    Sep 14, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

  • Carli
    Jul 08, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

  • Naomi
    Aug 09, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

  • Emily
    Apr 08, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

  • Aud
    Jun 22, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

    Most of it is well done (except for the random 1-2 page chapters from other people?s points of view about Zenobia - I?m sorry, but they just didn?t fit. Yanked me right out of the story without adding anything), but not my cup of tea. The characters are flawed in realistic ways, ...

  • Chris
    Jun 02, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

  • Tucker
    May 12, 2019

    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...

  • Bruce Crocker
    Jul 03, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

    Most of it is well done (except for the random 1-2 page chapters from other people?s points of view about Zenobia - I?m sorry, but they just didn?t fit. Yanked me right out of the story without adding anything), but not my cup of tea. The characters are flawed in realistic ways, ...

    ?Zenobia July? is a heartwarming, middle-grade novel about a transgender girl who starts her new life in a new town with her aunts. I received this book from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest and free review. It sounded like a perfect read for Pride Month. I am ...

    3.5 stars I loved the representation in this book. A realistic trans lead whose struggles aren't only about being trans! A nonbinary best friend! Lesbian guardians! All developed in a way that I felt was empathetic and true-to-life. This story also clearly comes from an own voices p...

    After I realized this book was written by the same author as Feliz Yx, I almost put it back, but then decided I was curious to see if the writing was any better, and I was pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, Bunker did not repeat her mistakes. In Felix, there was way too much going on...

    This is a fabulous middle school story about a girl called Zenobia, a name she chose because it takes her back to the beginning Z to A. Zenobia is starting a new school, filled with the usual mishmash of mean girls, groupies, jock boys, and misfits. She is also starting over in a new ...

    Imagine feeling unsafe in your own skin and hating the body that you were born in. That?s what Zen has to deal with. Zenobia, the main character, is a trans girl born in a boy's body. She used to live in Arizona with her parents, but since they both have passed away she needed to rel...

    This has been my favorite book of summer break! I loved Lisa Bunker's Felix Yz, so I was thrilled when this one showed up on my porch. Zenobia July is an excellent - and complicated, happy/sad, joyful - middle-grade book. Zenobia, her Aunties, and all the other characters are folks tha...

  • Maddie McAllister
    Aug 04, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

  • Alyssa Montero
    Oct 08, 2019

    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...

    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 bee...

    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. ...

    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, bu...

    E ARC from Edleweiss Plus Zenobia 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 ...

    ?????/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 ...

    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 mor...

    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...

    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. ...

    Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was...okay, 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 ...

    ?????/5 for ZENOBIA JULY by #LisaBunker . ? ? #lgbtq? #mglit fans ?be sure to get your hands on this awesome #trans coming of age novel. ZENOBIA JULY is a fun mystery full of heart. I just loved seeing Zen grow in confidence and find acceptance. ? . ? ?...

    The representation in this one was top-tier. I wasn?t going to pick it up when the summary started with Zenobia?s love of computers, but when it said she was a young trans girl, I was sold. Some trans narratives I?ve read are unintentionally offensive and not interesting, but Zen...

    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 C...

    TWs: bullying/cyberbullying/harassment, forced outing of a side character, peripheral transphobia and islamophobia, religious fanaticism as a disguise for homophobia, and depictions of dysphoria ...

    This is the most adorable middle-grade book I will read this year. ...

    Super well done! The emotions-- complicated feelings, joy, cringey moments, and ragey parts, felt very true. I felt a little...disappointed that the dad was actually dead. Even truer to life would have been having him alive but not a good guardian for a trans daughter. On the flip side...

    I adored Felix Yz and loved this one as well. Zenobia was a great character and her growth was believable and heroic. Supporting characters were well-developed as well. I know just who is getting this book first at my school. I have quite a few students intensely interested in books wi...

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was an incredibly enjoyable read. There are so many intriguing aspects of this novel that captivated me right from the start. At its core, this is ...

    Zenobia is terrified to start a new school. Her life's been rough already--losing her mother some years ago, and now her father, and moving in with her father's sister and her wife in a different state. The terrifying thing, though? She's going to try going to her new school as a girl,...

    Zenobia has just moved to Maine from Arizona to live with her aunts after the death of her father. With her aunts? support, she?s begun presenting as her true self, a girl, full time, although she's not ready to come out as trans at school. Happily, she befriends genderqueer Arli, ...

    Most of it is well done (except for the random 1-2 page chapters from other people?s points of view about Zenobia - I?m sorry, but they just didn?t fit. Yanked me right out of the story without adding anything), but not my cup of tea. The characters are flawed in realistic ways, ...

    ?Zenobia July? is a heartwarming, middle-grade novel about a transgender girl who starts her new life in a new town with her aunts. I received this book from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest and free review. It sounded like a perfect read for Pride Month. I am ...

    3.5 stars I loved the representation in this book. A realistic trans lead whose struggles aren't only about being trans! A nonbinary best friend! Lesbian guardians! All developed in a way that I felt was empathetic and true-to-life. This story also clearly comes from an own voices p...

    After I realized this book was written by the same author as Feliz Yx, I almost put it back, but then decided I was curious to see if the writing was any better, and I was pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, Bunker did not repeat her mistakes. In Felix, there was way too much going on...

    This is a fabulous middle school story about a girl called Zenobia, a name she chose because it takes her back to the beginning Z to A. Zenobia is starting a new school, filled with the usual mishmash of mean girls, groupies, jock boys, and misfits. She is also starting over in a new ...

    Imagine feeling unsafe in your own skin and hating the body that you were born in. That?s what Zen has to deal with. Zenobia, the main character, is a trans girl born in a boy's body. She used to live in Arizona with her parents, but since they both have passed away she needed to rel...