“Everyone says you’re a boy,
but how can they be so sure?
What if you’re something else,
something more, something not so clear-cut,
something they don’t want to see…
Wouldn’t that be fascinating … and frightening?”
Fi, alias Fiona Tanner, the girlfriend of Peter’s sister.
By all appearances Peter was like any other twelve year-old boy growing up in 1960, except that he had a secret. When he was alone he slipped into a world of his own making, a world in which he was a girl amongst girls. At a time when such behaviour was taboo and gays were severely punished, his chief concern was to keep his daily life and that delicious world separate. He succeeded until a haughty new girl arrived at school and immediately challenged him about his girlishness. Abruptly, life became hell, not just for him, but for many others too.
Boy & Girl is the latest novel by Alan McCluskey. The book was published in September 2012.
This novel is suitable for readers of 12 years old or more. Although it is aimed at a Young Adult audience, not so young adults can also read and enjoy it!
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Other information about Girl & Boy
Here is a plan of Peter’s sprawling one-storey house:
The novel takes places partly on an island called Drailong. Here is a sneak peek at a map of the island. Beware though, maps of Drailong have a strange way of changing over time.
Ghosting passed the hundred thousand with a short extract from a hundred thousand words into the novel.
About the epilogue to the story.
On editing of the novel, by reading it out loud.
On boys and reading.