I was one of those Harry Potter kids: the kind that lined up for midnight releases of the best-selling books, that devoured instalments within hours of getting my grubby hands on them, and who could recite their Hogwarts house traits verbatim. And yes, I still read Harry Potter fanfiction. You’re allowed to judge me.
Speculative fiction ― a category that spans fantasy, sci-fi, and horror ― like the Harry Potter franchise, presents a unique allure for young readers. Young Adult (YA) speculative lit can whisk kids and teens away into worlds where having magical powers is a glimmering possibility.
There’s a lot to unpack about separating authors from their works, but there’s thankfully a bounty of remarkable work by trans authors who deserve to be read, as well as stories with nuanced representation of gender-marginalized characters.
If you're mad at JK Rowling being an enormous transphobe here's a thing you can and should do:— Elle Maruska (they/them) (@ellle_em) December 19, 2019
support trans writers. buy things written by trans writers. Review things written by trans writers. Recommend things written by trans writers. READ TRANS WRITERS
Need a relief from the deluge surrounding JK Rowling's transphobic tweets? Want to support trans artistry in the fields of fantasy and spec-fic? Check out these fantasy novels (including work from local authors!)! https://t.co/9U70xlC07A— Glad Day Bookshop (@GDBooks) December 19, 2019
If a trans-affirming adventure is something a young reader in your life can get behind, here are our book recommendations for magical reads trans and gender-non-conforming kids can get lost in (and they’re great picks for kids across the gender spectrum). Many are by trans authors themselves.
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