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The Passing Playbook

The Passing Playbook

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Love, Simon meets Bend It Like Beckham in this feel-good contemporary romance about a trans athlete who must decide between fighting for his right to play and staying stealth.

"A sharply observant and vividly drawn debut. I loved every minute I spent in this story, and I've never rooted harder for a jock in my life." - New York Times bestselling author Becky Albertalli

Fifteen-year-old Spencer Harris is a proud nerd, an awesome big brother, and a David Beckham in training. He's also transgender. After transitioning at his old school leads to a year of isolation and bullying, Spencer gets a fresh start at Oakley, the most liberal private school in Ohio.

At Oakley, Spencer seems to have it all: more accepting classmates, a decent shot at a starting position on the boys' soccer team, great new friends, and maybe even something more than friendship with one of his teammates. The problem is, no one at Oakley knows Spencer is trans--he's passing.

But when a discriminatory law forces Spencer's coach to bench him, Spencer has to make a choice: cheer his team on from the sidelines or publicly fight for his right to play, even though it would mean coming out to everyone--including the guy he's falling for.

Author: Isaac Fitzsimons
Publisher: Dial Books
Published: 06/01/2021
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.88lbs
Size: 8.60h x 5.80w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781984815408
Age Range: 13-17

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2021
School Library Journal 06/01/2021 pg. 68
Booklist 06/01/2021 pg. 80
Shelf Awareness 06/25/2021
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2021 pg. 93

About the Author
Isaac Fitzsimons is a lifetime dabbler in the arts. His background includes performing sketch comedy in college, learning how to play three songs on the banjo, and, of course, writing. He currently lives outside Washington, DC, and does research for an arts advocacy nonprofit in the city.

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