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Stay Gold

By: Tobly McSmith
Narrated by: Theo Germaine, Phoebe Strole
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Publisher's summary

Debut author Tobly McSmith delivers a coming-of-age teen love story about a transgender boy who’s going stealth at his new Texas high school and a cisgender girl who is drawn to him, even as she’s counting down the days until graduation. Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Becky Albertalli, and Jenny Han.

Pony plans to fly under the radar this year. Tired of getting too much attention at his old school after coming out as transgender, he’s hoping for a fresh start as a Hillcrest High senior. But it’s hard to live your best life with the threat of exposure lurking around every corner.

Georgia is beginning to think there’s more to life than cheerleading. She just wants to keep a low profile until graduation...which is why she promised herself that dating is a nonstarter for the foreseeable future.

Then, on the very first day of classes, the new guy and the cheerleader lock eyes....

In this moving, honest debut from Tobly McSmith, one transformative relationship opens the eyes of a whole town - and opens the door for Pony and Georgia to celebrate their truths, even when it feels hard.

©2020 Tobly McSmith (P)2020 HarperTeen

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This YA debut from Tobly McSmith stole my heart, and broke it, too. We follow the story of Pony, a transgender boy going stealth while navigating new kid status at a small Texas high school. He quickly falls for one of the most popular students, a cisgender girl named Georgia who also starts crushing on him, all while wrestling with whether he will share his past with his new peers. Growing up in a small Texas town myself, where I was a racial minority, frequently othered, and at times bullied, this story struck a chord with me. I was team Pony from the very start, hoping that he would settle into his new life easily, but he faces very real challenges from his family, friends, and fellow students, who can’t see the person for all the gender norms. The emotional toll of not being his fully realized self, compounded with the constant threat of physical danger associated with being himself, felt so visceral. You get a window into the reality for many transgender people as they simply try to live their lives, and the bravery that act takes. I hope you’ll give this profoundly moving, uplifting, and hopeful story a listen.

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