Obie Is Man Enough (Paperback)
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Obie knew his transition would have ripple effects. He has to leave his swim coach, his pool, and his best friends. But it’s time for Obie to find where he truly belongs.
As Obie dives into a new team, though, things are strange. Obie always felt at home in the water, but now he can’t get his old coach out of his head. Even worse are the bullies that wait in the locker room and on the pool deck. Luckily, Obie has family behind him. And maybe some new friends too, including Charlie, his first crush. Obie is ready to prove he can be one of the fastest boys in the water—to his coach, his critics, and his biggest competition: himself.
"Energizing and compassionate.” –Kirkus Reviews
"Extremely well done and will be a valuable reading experience for all.” –Booklist
A heartfelt coming-of-age tale about a young trans athlete; readers will be rooting for every one of Obie’s wins, in and out of the pool.” –School Library Journal
"I just met Obie, and I love him SO MUCH. He shows us all how to face our scariest challenges with resolve, humor, grace, and help from those who care about us." —Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author
“Bailar writes with assurance and beauty... His story had me laughing, crying and cheering, sometimes all at once." —Peggy Orenstein, author of Girls & Sex and Boys & Sex
“I guarantee Obie is Man Enough will help countless Youth feel not only valid in their experiences, but also be able to leverage the strength Obie has within their own lives." –Aydian Dowling, transgender activist
“This book will make you laugh, break your heart, and flinch with recognition. I couldn't root hard enough for Obie Chang, a character who stayed with me long after the book was done.” —Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of The Evening Hero
“A story which hooks you from its first sentence. A bold, honest, and deeply human journey of identity with characters you will fall in love with. Powerful and brave. Everyone should read this book.” —Diane Paulus, Tony Award-winning Director and the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University
"Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Obie Is Man Enough is an amazing narrative that also provides important education on the transgender experience. .. I strongly encourage all people, including advocates who don’t identity within the LGBTQ+ community, to read this book!" —Sander Jennings, he/him, Media Personality & Jazz Jennings's brother