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Too Bright to See

By: Kyle Lukoff
Narrated by: Jax Jackson, Kyle Lukoff
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Publisher's summary

A Newbery Honor Book • Winner of the Stonewall Book Award • A National Book Award Finalist

"A gentle, glowing wonder, full of love and understanding." (The New York Times Book Review)

It's the summer before middle school and 11-year-old Bug's best friend, Moira, has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear, learning how to put on makeup, and deciding which boys are cuter in their yearbook photos than in real life. But none of this is all that appealing to Bug, who doesn't particularly want to spend more time trying to understand how to be a girl. Besides, there's something more important to worry about: A ghost is haunting Bug's eerie old house in rural Vermont...and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they're trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light - Bug is transgender.

©2021 Kyle Lukoff (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic reviews

A National Book Award finalist

Boston Globe Best Book of 2021

Time Best Children’s Book of 2021

Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2021

New York Public Library Best Book for Kids of 2021

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for 2021

NPR Best Book of 2021

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2021

Kirkus Best Book of 2021

School Library Journal Best Book of 2021

"This book is a gentle, glowing wonder, full of love and understanding, full of everything any of us would wish for our children. It will almost certainly be banned in many places, but your child almost certainly needs to read it." (The New York Times Book Review)

“This coming-of-age and coming-out story takes a needed departure from other stories about transgender youth.... A chilling, suspenseful ghost story balances the intimate, introspective narrative style.... Haunting and healing.” (Kirkus, starred review)

"Smart and thought-provoking.... Through Bug’s journey to self-realization and self-acceptance, and the wonderfully nuanced understanding of gender he comes to, Lukoff provides a tender rumination on grief, love, and identity." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)