The Art of Being Normal

By Lisa Williamson

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he's gay. The school bully thinks he's a freak. Only his two best friends know the truth: David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Then Leo stands up for David in a fight, and an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long, and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl. As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo grapples with other people's treatment of him, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.

Lisa Williamson

Lisa Williamson splits her time between acting and writing. She was inspire to write The Art of Being Normal after working in England's national health services in a department dedicated to helping teens who struggle with gender identity issues.