Liv is annoyed with the school's very traditional and very gendered dress code. Liv feels much more comfortable in pants and is unclear why it is necessary for half the school to wear skirts. Liv begins the campaign because of personal discomfort, but soon learns that other students at the school are equally uncomfortable with the dress code, and each for different reasons. Fans of George will love this pre-transition story. Middle school readers will appreciate the subtleties of gender and sexuality that begin to emerge in middle school.
~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017— From Holiday Picks 2017
Age Level: 9 and up - Grade Level: 4 to 9
"My name is Liv (Not Olivia)... I'm not technically a girl.
I'm Transgender. Which is a bit like being a transformer. Only not quite as cool because I probably won't get to save the world one day."
Liv knows he was always meant to be a boy, but with his new school's terrible dress code, he can't even wear pants. Only skirts.
Operation: Pants Project begins The only way for Liv to get what he wants is to go after it himself. But to Liv, this isn't just a mission to change the policy--it's a mission to change his life. And that's a pretty big deal.
"From the start, readers are drawn into the story by 11-year-old Liv's believable, humor-tinged narration...Throughout, Liv's voice is convincing and a pleasure to read...Liv's two moms add further dimension to a tale that unabashedly affirms the importance of accepting and celebrating differences."--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review
A 2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People title
Nominated for the Amelia Bloomer Project
2020 Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Awards nominee
Perfect for parents and educators looking for:
An LGBTQIA+ positive story featuring a transgender main character
A character unafraid to challenge bias and accept and celebrate his own identity
A story that celebrates differences and will inspire young readers to do the same