Transgender Fiction - Katie Leone

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Transgender Fiction - Katie Leone

Katie Leone (aka Katie Leonard)

The late great Katie Leone was one of my favorite authors.  Her insights and humanity were inspirational, and her stories always touch the heart, often very deeply.  Her understanding of poverty, Christianity, and transsexuality made her stories real and touching.

The God Bless the Child Series

This series shows the inner thoughts and life of a young transgender girl starting at a very young age and follows through her teen years.

God Bless the Child

Only four years old, and already Jeremy's lost everything. Some things he's never had, like love and kindness from his parents. Jeremy suspects dogs might be safer than people, and clings to Chase's K-9 partner. He needs a refuge while his next of kin are found; Chase is willing to bring the boy home to his wife Melissa rather than separate the child from the dog.

Growing up Jenny

It is certainly not the norm for a four year old child to have sexual reassignment surgery, but that is the course of action that K-9 officer Chase Milan and his wife Melissa take for their adopted child. It was an extreme action and the community responds, some accepting what has happened and others who have not.

Finding Jenny

Jenny is a ten year old girl like many others; she is interested in boys, in pleasing her parents and having fun with her friends Christine and Rachael. Jenny is a girl like any other, except that she was born male.

Over the past 6 years she has forgotten about the surgery that corrected her outside body to match her inside self, and she has also repressed the memories of her life before she became Jenny Milan. That is, until the memories suddenly invade her seemingly perfect life.

With patience and love, her parents guide her through the difficult labyrinth of repressed memories and deep emotional scars that resurface. All around her try to help her come to grips with the past, until the past snatches her away.

Highly emotional, deeply disturbing, here is one girls journey that so many others are forced to make.

Phenom (God Bless the Child Book 4)

Everything is going Shawn Sweets way, until he finds out his girlfriend was a boy

Life couldn't be going better for Shawn Sweet; he is a stud high school picture and guaranteed first pick in the upcoming draft. The only thing that is slowing him down from having all his dreams fulfilled is that his girlfriend's father won't give him permission propose until he knows everything about the person he wishes to marry.

When the secret gets out, things start to fall apart and questions abound for a young man trying to find his place in the world and if love can truly conquer all, even biology

The Unreachable Series

This series explores the lives of a young obnoxious brat, rude, abusive, unreachable. However, his teacher is determined to reach this young man any way she can. Soon she will know all his secrets, and both lives will be changed forever. Keep the Kleenex handy, there will be tears.

Unreachable

 They say no student is beyond reach – he’s out to prove them wrong.

Janice Rosenthal is entering her eighth year of teaching, but it might be her last. Never before has she had a student as unruly and insubordinate as this one. Andrew Bryant is the terror of seventh grade, a student known for driving teachers to the edge of retirement, and he is in her class.

 How can Janice--and the rest of her students--make it through the school year with such a disruptive force in the classroom? Her only hope is to try to break through the orphan's defenses, to pierce a wall that no other teacher has ever scratched.

 When she discovers Andrew's secret, two lives will be changed forever

Reaching Home (Unreachable Book 2)

Going home for the holiday's has never been more frightful.

Janice and her soon to be adoptive transgender daughter escape the hustle and bustle of New York City to the refuge of Janice's childhood home to enjoy Christmas with family.

But things don't go as planned, and Desiree finds it difficult to form a bond with her new Grandfather as the ghosts of the past threaten the holiday. Can patience and love win out, or is it too much to expect in such a short time?

Worth Fighting For: Sequel to Unreachable

Desiree, a 12 year old transgender foster child making great strides in becoming the person she identified as, finally found a place in the world where she belonged. Her teacher, Ms. Rosenthal, has taken her in and an adoption is pending. Desiree no longer has to worry about having a place to belong but struggles with how soon can she transition to full-time, including at school. Even with the wait, life was looking up.

Until her new, ex-marine, social service worker finds out the Ms. Rosenthal is facilitating Desiree's transition and takes offense. He makes Desiree do an about face, causing her to return to where she came from.

As the legal tangles get worked out, Desiree's world is turned upside down and inside out. Returned to a world where she no longer belongs, she finds it difficult to keep her head above water. All the while, Janice has criminal charges of her own to contend with.

Janice and Desiree each go through their own person wars, but some things are worth fighting for.

Other Books by Katie

Katie had a strong faith, deep knowledge of the Bible, and even studied Theology.  She was also ordained as a minister.

Her proposals in this book are quite remarkable.  Non-fiction.

This one has a surprise ending, so no spoilers.  Intended for parents who think their children might be transgender.

Also addressed to Christians who are intolerant of transgender boys and girls.

This is a great book written from the perspective of a friend.  It describes some of the experiences of a girl in school, as well as her friends.

This is another short story, which will touch your heart.  Again, this has a few unexpected twists.

This is another short story which reflects Katie's strong faith and attempts to address the Transgender Christian.

 

57% of all transgender children are rejected by their parents.  This is a story of what happens to so many of these children.

This is a sweet and delightful story that explores very young children.  Katie was a licensed therapist who worked with transgender children, so the book is well researched.

This one is great because it also explores the issues of transgender men.

This is a short little tear jerker, that has a wonderful surprise ending.

This a great story about "Awakening".  Many transgender girls repress their true selves, and it wakes up when a friend opens the door.

This is a good example of "be careful what you wish for", but something authentic and real emerges.

This is a good story of "awakening" in a younger boy.  An interesting and fun story.