About the Book:
Twelve-year-old Grayson Sender has been harboring a deep secret, allowing indulgence only in private moments while at home, where she dreams big. When she is alone she is free to admit that she is a girl on the inside, and that she is stuck in the wrong gender’s body. But at school Grayson is already teased for being slightly left of center. At first she thinks that she could never admit her secret to her friends and family, but with the help of an unexpected friendship and an incredibly supportive teacher, Grayson gets the chance to step into the spotlight and live her life as she really sees herself.
Miss Riki’s Review:
Gracefully Grayson is a beautiful book about courage, acceptance, and being true to one’s self. Grayson has always felt different than her peers, and struggles with reconciling the fact that she knows deep inside that she is really a girl, despite being born into a boy’s body. When she looks in the mirror, it is easy for her to imagine life as a girl, and she dreams of the day that he can be free to be her true self.
I loved the wonderfully supportive teacher, Finn, who sees Grayson for who she really is and goes to great lengths in order to allow her to express herself in the most positive way possible. It is teachers like Finn that make this world go round, and I loved that although Grayson at times feels alone, she has a trusted adult in her corner.
This book is beautifully written and the story is so tenderly told on every level. Grayson is endearing and careful with his friends and family and was just the sweetest protagonist ever. I rooted for her to make a splash, both on stage and off, and I was cheering out loud in the final moments of the book, when she takes those all-important first steps into the classroom being just herself.
This book is squeaky clean in terms of content and can be enjoyed by readers old and young. It is a perfectly acceptable book for middle school readers, yet has incredible depth and meaning that will appeal to an older audience. It is delightful from page one to the final conclusion.