The Charis Trans and Friends Group welcomes Ami Polonsky in conversation with Arin Yost for a celebration of Polonsky's thoughtful and sensitive middle-grade novel about non-binary identity and first love, Spin with Me. Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans*people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies.
In this elegant dual narrative, Essie is a thirteen-year-old girl feeling glum about starting a new school after her professor dad takes a temporary teaching position in a different town. She has 110 days here and can't wait for them to end. Then she meets Ollie, who is nonbinary. Ollie has beautiful blue eyes and a confident smile. Soon, Essie isn’t counting down the days until she can leave so much as she’s dreading when her time with Ollie will come to an end.
Meanwhile, Ollie is experiencing a crush of their own . . . on Essie. As Ollie struggles to balance their passion for queer advocacy with their other interests, they slowly find themselves falling for a girl whose stay is about to come to an end. Can the two unwind their merry-go-round of feelings before it's too late?
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Ami Polonsky is the author of the critically-acclaimed Gracefully Grayson and Threads. She is a middle school English teacher and a parent of two kids, one of whom exists happily beneath the trans umbrella.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Arin is currently living and working in Northeast Georgia while finishing their senior year at Agnes Scott College. After graduating, ze plans to take a gap year before attending graduate school to research trans carceral geographies. A part-time co-parent, farm hand, and bog monster, Arin can usually be found making zines, foraging in the Appalachian mountains, or basking in a spot of 10 am sunshine. Ze is perpetually in search of present and future spaces of trans flourishing, and slowly building hir own such spaces alongside innumerable co-conspirators. Arin uses ze/hir and they/them pronouns. Instagram: @/ak.wren
From the author of the critically acclaimed Gracefully Grayson comes a thoughtful and sensitive middle-grade novel about non-binary identity and first love, Ami Polonsky's Spin with Me.
"Tenderly and courageously told, Gracefully Grayson is a small miracle of a book. Its story is so compelling I found myself holding my breath as I read it and so intimate I felt as if what was happening to Grayson was happening to me.