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Jack (not Jackie) / words by Erica Silverman ; pictures by Holly Hatam.

Silverman, Erica, (author.). Hatam, Holly, (illustrator.).

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  • ISBN: 9781499807318
  • ISBN: 1499807317
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Little Bee Books, [2018]

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Susan loves her baby sister, Jackie, but as Jackie grows older and behaves more and more like a boy Susan must adjust to having a brother, Jack, instead.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 October #2
    *Starred Review* Susan is thrilled when her baby sister, Jackie, is born, imagining all the fun they will have when Jackie gets bigger. But as Jackie grows, she begins to be, well, different. When the family goes shopping, she runs to the boy's department despite Susan shouting, "No, not there, Jackie!" But Jackie insists on picking out boy's clothes. Susan is upset, to put it mildly, but Mama wisely says, "We wear what feels right." "But it's wrong," Susan cries. "Not wrong," Mama says gently, "Just different." One day at the park, Jackie plays with a little boy who, to Susan's dismay, calls Jackie "Jack." Worse, when Mama cuts the girls' hair, a gender-nonconforming Jackie insists hers be cut short like a boy's. Soon she insists she is now Susan's brother. Gradually, and at first reluctantly, Susan begins to accept Jackie's new persona. Jack is fortunate to have an understanding mother (unfortunately, the father's reaction isn't shown) and a sister who loves him. This is one of the only male transgender stories for younger children and important accordingly. Silverman handles her sensitive material extremely well, with a light, nondidactic touch. The spirit of the story is nicely augmented by Hatam's sprightly cartoon illustrations. A helpful appended author's note offers context for the story, which belongs in every library. Grades K-2. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Erica Silverman is the author of the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa early reader books, the first of which received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor. Her other titles include When the Chickens Went on Strike, Big Pumpkin, The Hanukkah Hop!, Don't Fidget a Feather, and Wake Up, City! She loves writing, reading, and researching. She has a master's of library and information science and is a librarian and a children's book author. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Learn more about her at

Holly Hatam is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Dear Girl. Her other picture books include Made by Maxine and Tree Song. Holly lives in Whitby, Ontario, where she can be found hugging trees with her husband, Stephen, and son Linden, stuffing her pantry full of tea, and sticking her nose in the occasional book.

Subject: Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Transgender children > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Juvenile fiction.
Transgender children > Juvenile fiction.
Families > Juvenile fiction.

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