“Double Exposure” reviewed on Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

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
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.

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