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Comprised of original stories and a hand-picked selection of Coyote's best work, this inspirational, uplifting collection is aimed at young adults by an internationally renowned storyteller, recognised for her honest, wry, plain-spoken tales of growing up. Included are stories from Ivan's own tomboy past, where playing hockey and wearing pants were the norm; and her adult life in the big city, where she encounters both cruelty and kindness in unexpected places. Funny, inspiring, and full of heart, a positive read about embracing difference.
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press 2012
ISBN: 9781551524597
Branch Call Number: REPL


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Selected for a young, queer audience, this collection features Coyote's semi-autobiographical stories that are compelling and sometimes hilarious. This is a supportive read for young adults who want to choose their identities for themselves rather than accept the lives others expect them to follo... Read More »

Coyote's semi-autobiographical stories tell us of her childhood, her family and, most poignantly, about her support for young adults who choose their identities rather than accept the lives they are expected to follow. Ivan E. Coyote was VPL's 2009 Writer in Residence.

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Jun 26, 2017

Two fabulous Vancouver butches introduced me to Ivan Coyote's work years ago. They taught me about living w/ grace, compassion, and kindness. My heart thumped as I read these stories, remembering our high school years. When I finished Tomboy Survival Guide, I immediately downloaded this ebook b/c the storytelling was so compelling, I didn't want it to be done. There is some overlap between these two books, but I didn't mind a bit.

november191998 Mar 30, 2014

I just finished the book and I found some small parts intresting but most of it was all the same. I feel like the authour could have done more with all the good ideas they had. However, I did like the message that everyone is equal.

Sassy29 Feb 18, 2014

This is a truely amazing book. Not only is it incredably inspirational, but its also hilarious. I loved the style of writing and everything about it.

Wicked_swimmer24 Feb 13, 2014

The main character tells stories about their past throughout the novel. It is not a bad book, however it is not the style that I prefer.

Aug 06, 2013

I loved how Ivan increased my social awareness to gender sensitivity in a friendly comedic way that almost anyone can relate to.

Jun 13, 2012

I really enjoy Ivan stories, but was disappointed because so many in this book had been previously published in earlier collections.

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