Narrator Jax Jackson quickly convinces listeners of Bug's determination to acquire a sense of self before middle school. There are several reasons for this: his beloved Uncle Roddy's death, a ghostly presence that haunts his dreams, and viewpoints he holds that don't jibe with friends' interests. Jackson's delivery also conveys the deeper uncertainty this 11-year-old is facing. By exploring Uncle Roddy's open gayness and past--he was a drag queen--Bug begins to understand his transgender identity. He finally concludes, "I've never recognized myself before, but now I do." Jackson gives a realistic representation of grief, friendship, and coming out for a middle grade audience, along with a dose of ghost story. The production includes a contextual afterword by the author. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2021]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2021
DD ISBN 9780593346303 $15.00
Library Ed. Listening Library 2021
DD ISBN 9780593346310 $38.00
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