Indies Introduce

Young Adult

  • The Passing Playbook, Isaac Fitzsimons
    Dial Books, 9781984815408, June 1, 2021 (Young Adult)

    “Isaac Fitzsimons has scored a goal for Trans Boy Joy. This teen rom-com set amid high school halls and soccer fields was a delight from start to finish. Explorations of identity, faith, friendship, family, and competition give every character a chance to grow and to shine.”

    Brein Lopez, Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA

    “'The beautiful game,' a love that defies the status quo, and a trans boy learning how to live as his most authentic self — what more could you want from a sporty, queer romance? I loved reading The Passing Playbook, and it's clear Issac Fitzsimons cares so much about trans kids and how they see themselves in the way that he writes Spencer. So excited to pass this book on to readers!”

    Cat Chapman, The Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL


    “Soccer phenom Spencer has moved to a new school. He meets a guy he really likes, he’s having a great season, and then he’s benched when an outdated law says he can’t play because he was born a girl. As a transgender kid, he was threatened at his old school and thought he’d be getting a new start. Is he strong enough to do this all over again? Will he ever get a chance to be the person he was meant to be? This is a story for today.”

    -René Kirkpatrick, University Book Store, Seattle, WA


    “This book is so delightful and had me smiling the whole time — THIS is the trans boy joy we all need to read and have in our lives.”

    Kelsy April, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT and Savoy Bookshop, Westerly, RI

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