The following review of Double Exposure appeared in the Fiction Bookshelf section of the Feb. 2015 (Vol. 25, No. 2) issue of Children’s Bookwatch, a publication of Midwest Book Review.

Double Exposure
Bridget Birdsall
bridgetbirdsall.com
Sky Pony Press
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
9781629146065 $16.95 www.skyponypress.com

Written for readers age twelve to adult, Double Exposure is an original novel about gender and identity. Fifteen-year-old Alyx was born intersexual—a human whose chromosomes and physical characteristics do not conform to a distinct male or female classification. Alyx’s parents chose to raise him as a son at first, but he was a little too different from the other boys, and the friction with his peers culminated in a brutal beating behind a 7-Eleven. Fearful for their child’s safety, Alyx’s parents moved from California to Wisconsin to give Alyx a fresh start as a girl.

Alyx makes new friends, and earns a spot on the varsity girl’s basketball team, and starts to feel secure in herself—until a jealous classmate discovers Alyx’s secret, exposing it in a game of Truth or Dare. Alyx is disqualified from the team; can she prove that she is female and earn the right to keep playing?Will she be able to make a stand on who she really is, or run away from her problems (physically or metaphorically)?

A thoughtful, serious-minded novel about complex social issues and coming of age, Double Exposure is highly recommended.