The Pants Project by Cat Clarke ($23.99, Raincoast Books, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky) was a wonderful book.

The book is about a person named Liv (Not Olivia) who is transgender, “which a bit like being a transformer. Only not quite as cool because I probably won’t get to save the world one day.”

No one knows Liv’s secret – not his best friend Maisie, his moms, his brother, Enzo, or his new friend Jacob.

Liv, who may be a girl on the outside but knows he is a boy on the inside, is appalled with the “sexist, dumb, unfair” dress code at his new school that insists girls must wear black, pleated, knee-length skirt. So he creates Operation: Pants Project, with the help of Jacob, to attempt to change the mind of the school’s principal and the whole school.

Liv is a fabulous character – kind, funny and cool despite with the weight of The Secret on his shoulders. Jacob, his new friend, is someone you want on your side; he doesn’t care what others think and is a truly good guy.

The moms deserve a book of their own – they have interesting stories – and the brother, a minor character, behaves like any little brother does.

A great story with great characters who come to life in the brief time we get to read their stories in this fabulous book.

A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books for an honest review.

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