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Donna Gephart

  • Original Title: LILY AND DUNKIN
  • Publication date: May 2016
  • Country: US
  • 352 print pages
  • Dramedy


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United States
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Life change, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, Identity crisis, Coming of age, Disease, Double identity, Facing failure, Solidarity, Tolerance


Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a boy dealing with bipolar disorder, meet on one summer morning and their lives forever change.


Translation rights sold: Brazil

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

"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. "Windy City Times

Donna Gephart is an American writer. Her award-winning middle-grade novels include IN YOUR SHOES and DEATH BY TOILET PAPER.


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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