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Double Exposure

Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas was raised as a boy, yet she knows something others don’t. She’s a girl. After her dad dies, it becomes painfully obvious that she must prove it now—to herself and to the world. Born with ambiguous genitalia, Alyx has always felt a little different. But it’s after she sustains a terrible beating behind a 7-Eleven that she and her mother pack up their belongings and move from California to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to start a new life—and Alyx begins over again, this time as a girl.

She makes friends, earns a spot on the girls’ varsity basketball team, and for the first time in her life feels like she fits in. That is, until the hotheaded Pepper Pitmani sets out to uncover Alyx’s secret.

Double Exposure is the story of an intersex teen athlete that brings to light complex gender issues, teenage insecurities, and overcoming all obstacles.

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Ordinary Angels, by Bridget Birdsall

Ordinary Angels

No one saw what happened. No one will talk about it. But 2-year-old Hal is dead. Whose fault is it? Within a volatile and unpredictable family, May O’Mally, the oldest of six siblings, must come to terms with her own guilt, as well as the mysterious connection she forges with her deceased baby brother.

Ordinary Angels, is a story of survival, hope, and the enduring bond of siblings–beyond death.

Author’s Note: It took forty years to write this book and when I started it was as if I could not stop. As if a river of grief had welled up in my heart and burst in my brain. All I could see was my brother’s body, the gash on his forehead showing the softness of his skull, not fully formed at three years old.

Without knowing what happened and without clear memories, writing a memoir seemed impossible, so I chose to write a novel, and let my character’s do the talking. As they spoke, my brother did too, often waking me in the night and sending me to the keyboard. There the words for this book flew from my fingers, and began to heal my life.

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Miracle on Monkey Mountain
Madison Magazine 2005: Short Fiction-Winner

Contest Judge Jane Hamilton wrote: “’Miracle on Monkey Mountain’ is a story that has been told often but the author uses the second person to good advantage to make the tale seem new. The point of view allows the reader to look at the main character, May, and also to enter into her mind in a way no other point of view could have done successfully. The author manages the second person skillfully, without pretension or self-consciousness so that the pain of the child and her strength are clearly revealed.”