• The Pants Project

  • By: Cat Clarke
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"My name is Liv (not Olivia). I'm not technically a girl. I'm transgender. Which is a bit like being a transformer. Only not quite as cool because I probably won't get to save the world one day."

Liv knows he was always meant to be a boy, but with his new school's terrible dress code, he can't even wear pants. Only skirts. Operation Pants Project begins!

The only way for Liv to get what he wants is to go after it himself. But to Liv, this isn't just a mission to change the policy - it's a mission to change his life. And that's a pretty big deal.

©2017 Cat Clarke (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great preteen and teen book.

How to be comfortable in a body that is alien to you is a difficult place of pain no matter how old you are. But dress codes and bath room restrictions don’t help. Bullying is an issue for everyone. Great performance.

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Nothing good here

I did not like the anger. It spat at me right from the beginning. I don’t get away from life to go to books to incur more wrath.
There is sense in this great big screwed up world. I want a book where the author sees the messed up and try’s to show the good, the sensible. Unfortunately, this author doesn’t and makes it worse in the process.
This story is about a girl who feels like a boy. Why? I don’t think we are allowed to ask that. She has moms. Again, I don’t think we are allowed to feel sorry for her for how confusing that must be. I don’t think the character is allowed to wonder about the mom that is actually her mom. Everything seems to be redefined. Which is very unsettling. If words’ meanings are allowed to be changed then words become meaningless.
Liv doesn’t want to wear a black skirt. That’s a straw man argument. Last I checked, it isn’t 1950 and 90% of women don’t wear dresses and skirts because it’s a cultural thing.
I really believe that the author is just trying to make money off of political angst. This story doesn’t feel real but contrived.
This book was suggested to me by Audible and it started playing automatically. It felt like being proselytized to an ideology. Except that ideology messes up the world more because it makes up more lies instead of telling the truth about what is screwed up.

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Great

It strikes close to home someone in my family is trans and it helped me under stand more
Great story heartwarming story the narrator was great

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great story

great story. great conversation starter. my kids - ages 8 and 10 - loved it.

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We loved this book!

This story reflected our family and we loved how the main character grew into his self in a powerful way. Also a great story about young people strengthening their voice and dealing with bullies.

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Great book!

This was such a good book. Liv - not Olivia - is going to be attending a new school with a uniform. That wouldn't be so bad, except that girls are required to wear skirts according to the dress code and Liv hates skirts. Liv hates skirts because, despite looking like a girl on the outside, Liv is a boy. Except, while Liv knows he's a boy, no one else does, because he hasn't told anyone his "big secret." Early on, Liv tries to come up with solutions to the dress code problem. When he looks over the dress code, Liv realizes that girls aren't expressly forbidden from wearing pants, they are just required to wear skirts. So he tries a compromise in the first week by wearing pants under his skirt. It's not a spoiler to tell you that his compromise is quickly shut down.

After trying to discuss the issue with the principal who, not surprisingly, doesn't listen to Liv. As a result, Liv begins trying to find other solutions. Also not surprisingly, Liv is having to deal with other things, like bullying and the loss of a friendship. Will Liv be able to get the dress code changed? Will he ever tell anyone his "big secret"? What will happen if anyone finds out about his "big secret"?

The book touched on a lot of issues that someone who is struggling with their gender identity might also deal with. One benefit for Liv that many other kids wouldn't have is that he has two moms. However, he doesn't necessarily believe that they would understand about him being a boy because of something he overheard one night. The scene when he finally does talk to them is really touching.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book and the narrator, Julie Whelan, did a wonderful job with the narration.

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Amazing Book!

Amazing book! At times, I found myself relating to the book from personal experience from the authors p.o.v. Happy to have read! There needs to be a next book.

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Rainbow Children, UNITE!

This wonderful story about bravery, courage, and celebrating differences is a must read for people of all ages. Narrated by my favorite, Julia Whelan, this book is a must read/listen. Julia always brings life to each and every character.
Cat Clarke expertly navigates subject matter, who for educators like me, may be hesitant to offer in a public school library.
All libraries should have this book on their shelves!

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Wow!

I loved this book so so much! The characters were charming and I really loved them. The narration was spot on and this story just made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I recommend for ages 12-14. What an amazing book ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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“A Hidden Gem”

A great narrator for this story, could have been a little better. #hashtag Liked it!!!!