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M-E Girard lives just outside Toronto, where she splits her time between writing YA fiction about badass teen girls and working nights as a pediatric nurse. A 2013 and 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow, M-E is a proud feminist who is endlessly fascinated by the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding the concept of gender. Her debut novel GIRL MANS UP (September 2016, HarperTeen | HarperCollins Canada), was a Lambda Literary Award winner, a William C . Morris YA Debut Award finalist, a finalist of the KOBO Emerging Writer Prize, a recipient of a Kirkus Star, and a White Pine nominee. It was also recognized as best book by The Globe and Mail, CCBC Books, and Kirkus Reviews. You can find her online at www.megirard.com and all over social media.
M-E Girard is a Canadian feminist, a pediatric nurse, and a writer of young adult fiction. Her debut novel, GIRL MANS UP (2016, HarperTeen | HarperCollins Canada) won a Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. You can find her at megirard.com.
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All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth--that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.
“A strong genderqueer lesbian character, imperfect, independent, and deserving of every cheer.” ~ Kirkus (starred review)
"In addition to being an enjoyable, engrossing story, Girl Mans Up makes the reader question things that we, as a society, take for granted. One such example is the idea that children owe their parents respect. While undoubtedly true, don’t parents owe their children the same? That the author effortlessly inspires such reflection is nothing short of remarkable.” ~ Quill & Quire
"...powerful debut..." ~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This is a fresh title in the growing sea of LGBTQ YA literature. There is no sugarcoating in this very real portrayal of an aspect of teen life that many experience. Recommended for fans of YA urban fiction as well as those who prefer grittier LGBTQ lit.” ~ School Library Journal (starred review)
"Girard’s novel is compulsively readable, by turns wrenching and euphoric. Pen is an inspiration to anyone who’s struggled to be understood, and a vital addition to the growing world of genderqueer protagonists." ~ The New York Times Book Review
"A powerful book about identity, belonging, and the collision between sexuality and cultural expectations.” ~ Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins) | HarperCollins Canada
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Cover art: Adams Carvalho