Retain his androgynous ambiguity or say goodbye to his girlish self, such is the existential choice that besets Peter. Circumstances, however, force both him and Kate to take up other challenges. By straddling the line between child and adult, between carefree creativity and weighty responsibility, between play and work, they find imaginative ways to confront far-reaching problems on which adults persistently turn a blind eye. – We Girls is Book 3 of the Boy & Girl Saga.
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A peek at the story: “When I look at a girl, all the girl’s in the choir, for example, what strikes me is that being a girl comes natural to them. They don’t have to think about it. It’s what they are. If I were a girl like them there would be nothing special in dressing or acting as one. But for me there is something special about being a boy who dresses as a girl. I’m attracted to girls, I identify as a girl, I feel like a girl, especially when I’m dressed as one, but I am not prepared to go the whole road and become a girl. In a strange way, that ambivalence is an important part of who I am.” – Peter talking to Kate in the first chapter of We Girls.
“Peter! The postman’s brought you a new dress,” Kate called out from the foot of the stairs. That she spoke Swiss German was no longer a problem. Peter had quickly picked up the local dialect in the six months since he arrived in Luzern. That she drew attention so openly to his dressing as a girl was more of a problem. Not because it was a secret. It wasn’t. But having it blared for all to hear embarrassed him. (...)
“What the hell was that about?” Tania asked, her hands on her hips, her eyes flashing.
“They want to force Peter to return to England,” Kate said sounding weary.
“No way!” Suzanne, one of the smallest and youngest, exclaimed, distressed. “Who’s gonna teach me healing?”
“Let them damn well try!” Tania added, flinging an arm around Peter’s shoulder as if to protect him. Everyone knew he was off limits but she wasn’t interested in him. It was just her way of baiting Kate. (...)
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Peter forced to see a shrink – maintaining gender ambiguity beyond a certain age entails difficult choices. Read an extract from We Girls.
Greta the Great! – The glorification of Greta Thunberg by the media raises questions that are echoed in We Girls. Read an extract.
Silence is more than the absence of sound.... Kate on the quality of silence in a snow-bound world. A short extract from We Girls.
The dangers of contradicting someone’s feelings – “Let him speak,” Eloise said. “He’s telling us how he feels. You might see things differently, but you can’t deny his feelings…” A short extract from We Girls.
When dreams come true as nightmares – It is one thing to fantasise and to take pleasure at what he imagined, but it was quite different to live such a dream…
Boy & Girl – Twelve-year-old Peter secretly dresses as a girl. Imagine his delight when he finds himself in the head of a girl. Yet, despite his wild hopes, that girl is not him. She’s Kaitling, the daughter of a mage in a beleaguered world. Peter has his own problems when a vicious new girl at school threatens to reveal his girly ways. Becoming friends, Kaitling and Peter join forces to do battle with those who oppose them.
In Search of Lost Girls – Dressed as a girl, Peter sets out in search of his soul-mate Kate, who has been ripped from his arms and kidnapped. In his quest, he is hounded by fanatics bent on eliminating those who mess with gender. Meanwhile, Kate has been dumped in a nightmarish girls’ orphanage where she emerges as a decisive figure in the rescue of her fellow orphans. Will the two ever be together again?
We Girls – Retain his androgynous ambiguity or say goodbye to his girlish self, such is the existential choice that besets Peter. Circumstances, however, force both him and Kate to take up other challenges. By straddling the line between child and adult, between carefree creativity and weighty responsibility, between play and work, they find imaginative ways to confront far-reaching problems on which adults persistently turn a blind eye.