2004 National Book Award Finalist:
Young People's Literature

Julie Anne Peters

Luna: A Novel

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Julie Anne Peters

about the book

A groundbreaking novel about a transgender teen's struggle for self-identity and acceptance.

About the author

Julie Anne Peters is the author of Keeping You a Secret and Define "Normal", an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Winner of the Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award, she worked as a teacher, research analyst, systems engineer, and a computer programmer before becoming a writer. She was born in Jamestown, New York, but spent most of her life in and around Denver, and currently lives in Lakewood, Colorado.

Other books by Julie Anne Peters

Keeping You a Secret
Define "Normal"
Love Me, Love My Broccoli
Risky Friends
B.J.'s Billion-Dollar Bet
How Do You Spell G-e-e-k?
Revenge of the Snob Squad
Romance of the Snob Squad
Snitch in the Snob Squad
The Stinky Sneakers Contest

Far From Xanadu - Coming in Spring 2005

Excerpt

From Luna: A Novel by Julie Anne Peters

Like the moon from which Liam has chosen his female name, his true self is only revealed at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom, Liam transforms himself into Luna, the beautiful girl he longs to be, but only with the help of his sister Regan. Luna can only exist with Regan's love, support, and silence.

Balancing Liam's secret with chemistry, baby-sitting, and interest from a boy a school -- a boy she thinks she likes -- Regan is the one who needs support and understanding. She needs a life. At home, Regan and Liam's parents are barely speaking to each other, lost in their own struggles to fulfill their familial roles.

But everything is about to change. As Liam gets closer to sharing his double life with the rest of the world, Regan is panicked that their family and friends aren't ready to welcome Luna into their lives.

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