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WestportREADS 2017: Lily and Dunkin

Information and Events planned around the 2017 WestportREADS selections

WestportREADS 2017: Lily and Dunkin

(Youth Companion Book)

WestportREADS 2017 Events and Guide

6th - 9th Graders:  Join a Discussion about Lily and Dunkin

Monday, January 30, 6:00 - 6:45 pm  in the Weeks Seminar Room Learn More

Discover the WestportReads Theme: It's "Identity"

This year, a committee of Library staff and community residents decided on the theme of identity as the means of selecting the book. All of the books explore the nature of identity along with other topics.  Lily and Dunkin, for pre-teens, focus on how and why children label themselves

Box Review

Lily and Dunkin  Review by Publisher's Weekly   March 2016

With humor and great sensitivity, Gephart (Death by Toilet Paper) juxtaposes the efforts of two eighth-graders-one struggling with gender dysphoria, one with mental illness-to establish new identities for themselves. Gephart sympathetically contrasts the physical awkwardness, uncertainty, and longings of these two outsiders during a few tightly-plotted months, building to a crescendo of revelation. Strong, supportive women accept these teens as they are, while their fathers struggle mightily.  It's a valuable portrait of two teenagers whose journeys are just beginning. Ages 10-up. 

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Book Reviews

Learn More About the Author

Donna Gephart spent much of her childhood at the Northeast Regional Library in Philadelphia, reading books like Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos and The Hundred Dresses. Now, she lives in South Florida with her family, where she writes, kayaks, bikes, explores parks and beaches and visits bookstores and libraries.

Donna’s other novels include My Mother Is Running for President!, which won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award.   Author Website 

Read Interviews with the Donna Gephart

Author Interview:  Donna Gephart on Lily and Duncan
By Cynthia Leitich Smith for Cynsations May 2016

Congratulations on the release of Lily and Duncan! What was your initial inspiration for writing this book?
Thanks!  Lily's story stemmed from an unforgettable documentary I saw about a trans girl, and Dunkin's story emerged from a promise I made to our older son, who deals with bipolar disorder. 

Donna Gephart, Author of Lily and Dunkin | Speed Interview
The Children’s Book Review | May 7, 2016
The Children’s Book Review: Which five words best describe Lily and Dunkin?  
Donna Gephart: Big-hearted, wholly-unique, heart-breaking, heart-mending, and ultimately... hope-filled