Donna Gephart

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Lily & Dunkin'

An Amazon's Best Books of 2016
book | Fiction | May 2016
US & Canada → Delacorte Press (Ed. Krista Vitola)

Southern Book Award Winner 2017 in the Juvenile Category

Listed in the YALSA 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Listed in the YALSA 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Featured on the ALA 2017 Rainbow Book List — GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens

Nominated for the Georgia Book Award, 2017-2018

Nominated for the Rhode Island Middle School Book Award, 2018

Wisconsin State Reading Association’s Just One More Page Selection, 2017

Award-winning author Donna Gephart crafts a compelling dual narrative about two remarkable young people: Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a boy dealing with bipolar disorder. Their powerful story will shred your heart, then stitch it back together with kindness, humor, bravery, and love.

Sometimes our hearts see things our eyes can’t.

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade. 

Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. 

One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.


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Crucial, heart-breaking, and inspiring.

Jennifer Finney Boylan
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I Can't Stop Thinking About Lily and Dunkin

This book. Wow. [...] The world is a better place because this book exists

Colby Sharp
Sharp Read
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A thoughtfully and sensitively written work of character-driven fiction that dramatically addresses two important subjects that deserve more widespread attention.

Booklist (starred)
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A valuable portrait of two teenagers whose journeys are just beginning.

Publishers Weekly
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With thorough research and a lot of personal experience, Gephart has written a story that will speak not just to one specific community, but to humanity as a whole. 

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Lily and Dunkin is a seamless blend of issues faced by transgender children and those who live with mental illness. Donna Gephart sensitively handles their choices and shows realistic consequences, holding nothing back when it comes to what it takes to be seen, and loved, for who you really are. But as these two eighth graders figure out their places in the world, friendship and honesty shape the true core of this strong coming-of-age novel.


For readers who are looking for a meaningful, moving story about two dynamic young teens in the throes of massive changes in their lives, I would highly recommend this book. It's an emotional roller-coaster of a story that will resonate with audiences across the generations.

Carrie Maxwell
Windy City Times
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Middle Grade Books Take on Mature Topics

[A] boy at an elementary school in Palm Beach County, Fla... was given an advance reading copy of Lily and Dunkin and sent Gephart an email when he finished. “The last sentence said, ‘Because of this book, I feel stronger and braver dealing with the bullies at my school’

Sue Corbett
Publisher's Weekly
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Gephart tackles a lot in this title and she manages to pull it off with great tenderness and credibility...Even if middle-schoolers don’t have personal experience with transgender identities or mental illness, the longing for belonging and the frustration and fear connected with bullying will be relatable entry points to this affirming and useful title.  

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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The story of a friendship both ordinary and extraordinary. Alternating voices offer intimate looks at how each kid experiences the world, both emotionally and physically, and how much courage it takes to "let the world see you".

The Plain Dealer

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