Bridget Birdsall believes books have the power to change and save lives. She grew up in Milwaukee, earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College, and now resides in Madison, Wisconsin.
IPPY Gold Medal Winner
Toffee / Wright Children's Literature Award Winner
Golden Crown Literary Association "Goldie" Award Winner
Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Silver Award Winner
Publisher's Weekly list of top anti-bully books
Teen Choice & UW Big Read Nominations
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No one saw what happened. No one will talk about it. But 2-year-old Hal is dead. Whose fault is it? Within a volatile and unpredictable family, May O'Mally, the oldest of six siblings, must come to terms with her own guilt, as well as the mysterious connection she forges with her deceased baby brother.
Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas was raised as a boy, yet she knows something others don’t. She’s a girl. And after her dad dies, it becomes painfully obvious that she must prove it now—to herself and to the world. Born with ambiguous genitalia, Alyx has always felt a little different. But it’s after she sustains a terrible beating behind a 7-Eleven that she and her mother pack up their belongings and move from California to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to start a new life—and Alyx begins over again, this time as a girl.
Alyx quickly makes new friends, earns a spot on the girls’ varsity basketball team, and for the first time in her life feels like she fits in. That is, until her prowess on the court proves too much for the jealous, hotheaded Pepper Pitmani, who sets out to uncover Alyx’s secret. A dangerous game of Truth or Dare exposes Alyx’s difference and will disqualify her entire basketball team from competing in the state championships unless Alyx can prove, once and for all, that she is a girl. But will Alyx find the courage to stand up for the truth of her personhood, or will she do what she’s always done—run away? Whatever she decides, she knows there’s much more at stake than a championship win.
A stunning debut young adult novel from Bridget Birdsall, Double Exposure brings to light complex gender issues, teenage insecurities, and overcoming all obstacles.
Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.