Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Lily and Dunkin

Author Donna Gephart crafts a dual narrative about two remarkable young people: Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a boy dealing with bipolar disorder.Sometimes our hearts see things our eyes can’t.Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade. Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just...

Details Lily and Dunkin

TitleLily and Dunkin
Release DateMay 3rd, 2016
PublisherDelacorte Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Lgbt, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Fiction

Reviews Lily and Dunkin

  • Erica
    karen wrote a superb review for If I Was Your Girl, a YA romance featuring a trans teenager. In said review, karen states that the reader's enjoyment of the book in question should come after the acknowledgement of how important the work is because it's filling a gap that desperately needs representation (to grossly and ineloquently paraphrase)I've been sitting on this review for months because of that very conundrum. I understand this is an impo...
  • Paul Orsino
    I absolutely adore this book. Lily and Dunkin have incredibly honest and true voices. I truly believe that reading this has made me a more empathetic and understanding person. This book will change the lives of readers, we need to make sure it finds its way into their hands.
  • *eKa*
    Lily and Dunkin is a thoughtful and heartwarming story of two teenagers going through transgender and bipolar disorder. Tim/Lily has to deal with his unmatched physyial body while Norbert/Dunkin has to deal with his mood swing and his gigantic body. They're new to each other and don't always picture together because they have their own lives and their own close people. But in the end they're helping each other out and be best friend forever. This...
  • Stacey
    Lily and Dunkin is a brave book. The author takes on the challenge of having her reader walk in the shoes of not one, but two characters whose experiences and true identities are attempting to break the surface.The story is raw, emotional, funny and at times unforgiving with it's honesty. There were moments when I literally could feel my heart expanding, pushing up against the walls of itself, to grow bigger. I know that I am a better human becau...
  • Franki Sibberson
    A great story. Great characters. Thinking it's perfect for middle school --seems like one of those books that fits somewhere between middle grade and YA.
  • Alex Flinn
    I really enjoyed this book because, in addition to dealing with the important topic of transgender teens in a middle grade novel, it also dealt effectively with bipolar disorder. I have two relatives with bipolar disorder (or, rather, one -- my cousin committed suicide at what seemed to be a great point in his life), and as well as a child who is on medication for another condition. It is often frustrating to deal with someone who obviously needs...
  • Nancy Kotkin
    This is a book about a transgendered kid and another kid afflicted with bipolar disorder. That is an awful lot to take on in one middle grade novel and, as a result, both characters suffered. Neither character was fully realized, but the friendship between the two major characters was especially weak. For most of the book, Lily pines over Dunkin while Dunkin snubs Lily in favor of more cool and popular, albeit demanding and mean, friends at schoo...
  • Gary Anderson
    If I could hand one book to every educator and school board member in America and say, “I think you should read this,” it would be Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart. In the early pages, we learn that Lily is a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Named Timothy at birth because of the presence of “boy parts,” Lily wants her gender identification to be accepted by her friends and family, some of whom support her, while others struggle to see her ...
  • Wendy Darling
    Book 3 for GLBT Book Month.Audiobook narrated by Ryan Gesell and Michael Crouch (along with an author's note), who do an excellent job of portraying Lily and Dunkin. This is a pretty straightforward story; it's kind of cute at first, and transgender rep is definitely very much needed, particularly in MG. (I'm also curious about how some of the bipolar symptoms manifest, which I wasn't familiar with before.) But neither kid's story ended up being ...
  • C. L.
    Well.On one hand, kudos for representation. On the other... I can't speak for the transgender side of the story, but the bipolar one? As a bipolar person, it kind of bothered me. The author was supposedly writing about her son's experiences -- and everyone's experience is different -- but it didn't ring true for me, in what could potentially be a damaging way. The symptoms Dunkin experiences are more in line with schizophrenia than classic bipola...
  • Danielle (iamhorriblylimited)
    If you read one middle grade book this year please make it this one. Lily:transgenderformerly Timthinks her father hates her for who she isjust trying to be herselfbullied at schoolDunkin:actually named Norbert hears voicesbipolarrecently lost his father to suicidemoved to Beckford Palms with his Mom after his father's death.Bob:beautiful banyan tree outside Beckford Palms LibraryLily's refugeHappy memories of family picnics under this treeSoon t...
  • Kathleen Bianchi
    Bought this for my 11yr old granddaughter and will be interested to discuss it with her after she gets to read it. I thought it was interesting and gave good insight into the transgender girl's feelings. The type of bi-polar disorder they were showing was not your typical one this one included psychosis it doesn't usually so I don't know if I would have chosen that one to present.
  • Clare Lund
    I LOVED Lily and Dunkin’s simultaneous narrations of the same scene and the important struggles each separately went through in this beautiful story. It’s so critical for kids to see themselves reflected in what they read, and this book helps fill a gap in middle grade literature about transgender kids, mental illness, and acceptance. All characters were so rich and well developed, and Lily’s mom and sister ROCK with their immediate accepta...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Gephart, Donna. Lily and DunkinMay 3rd 2016 by Delacorte Books for Young ReadersPublic library copy.Tim feels like he is really a girl, and has felt this way from a very early age. His mother and sister support him, but his father is concerned that if Tim embraces his "real" self and dresses and acts like "Lily", he will get beaten up and made fun of. Lily is also mourning the death of his grandfather, and spends time in a tree that reminds him o...
  • Sarah Kolb
    This book is a wonderful told story about a relationship between this boy timmy that is transgender and Dunkins real name is Noreburt. Timmy changes his name to lily to be more girly. EVERYONE must read this book.
  • Leigh Collazo
    Hundreds more reviews plus ideas for librarians and teachers at Mrs. ReaderPants.REVIEW: I loved this book! It's a beautifully-written story of an emerging friendship between two eighth graders dealing with some pretty heavy secrets. Author Donna Gephart tackles some serious issues here--transgender identity, bipolar disorder, bullying, abuse, grief, homosexuality--with grace and sensitivity. I cannot imagine that someone could read this book and...
  • - ̗̀ jess ̖́-
    I noticed this book a long time ago and put it on my watch list. And I tried to get it, for months. And here we are. I've got it. And man, it was definitely worth the wait and lived up to my (high) expectations. This is one of my favorite middle-grades I've read. It deals with some very, very complex and hard issues that aren't talked about in middle grade--gender identity, mental illness, (view spoiler)[suicide (hide spoiler)], but I'd say it's ...
  • Ingram
    Lily and Dunkin is a wonderful book about two middle schoolers who are trying their best to navigate the world and their problems. It is about two teenagers, each with different issues that make them stand out from the crowd. They run into each other outside of the public library one day before school starts, and seem to form a fast friendship. However, bullies, popularity, and middle school pressures make it hard for them to stay friends, at lea...
  • Brittany
    Oh. My. Heart. This book. This book is so incredibly powerful and well done. The publicity on this book should be way better. I was wavering on whether to read it and then a local, youth librarian was reading it at our public library and called it "pretty good."Pretty good? Pashaw. This book is a MUST read for young people, and if it doesn't melt any reader's heart, then he's dead inside. It covers all the great topics in adolescent literature (a...
  • Christina Hanson
    If there is only one book you read this year, you must read Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart. Dunkin just moved to Florida from New Jersey. While out and about one morning, he runs into Lily, and they instantly become friends. But both are carrying deep secrets: Lily is transgender and Dunkin is bipolar. Will they both be able to survive middle school, and will their friendship last as their secrets are revealed? This is such an emotional, enligh...
  • Alyse Liebovich
    This book made my heart burst. Stealing the following from Gary Anderson's review: "If I could hand one book to every educator and school board member in America and say, “I think you should read this,” it would be Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart."
  • Dylan
    This was okay, I just wished it was more fleshed out.
  • Kim
    I'm giving this book five stars partially because I am so happy that a book like this exists, but also because I thought it was a really good story for upper middle grade readers. This is the story of Lily, a transgender girl (who has lived as Tim up to this point) and who is starting her 8th grade year. Lily really wants to start this school year dressing and identifying as a girl. Her mother and sister are supportive of this, but her father has...
  • Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
    Find this review, plus more, on my blog: Booklikes OR Blogger Basic InfoFormat: HardbackPages/Length: 356pgsGenre: Young Adult; LQBT; Mental Illness. Reason For Reading: Cover!At A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: NoTriggers: Hate towards transgenders.Rating: 4 starsScore SheetAll out of tenCover: 9Plot: 8Characters: 8World Building: 8Flow: 8Series Congruity: n/a Writing: 8Ending: 8Total: 8In DepthBest Part: Norbert ;...
  • Melanie
    LILY AND DUNKIN is a book that will change lives.Lily Jo McGrother knows in her heart that she's a girl. She's known for some time, but the rest of the world--including her father--calls her Tim. Dunkin, meanwhile, is the new kid in town. He and his mother have just moved in with his grandmother, and he's desperate for a clean start, even as he avoids a terrible truth about his past. He even goes so far as to adopt a new name--Dunkin--in place of...
  • Kris Patrick
    Death By Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart was my favorite title on the Young Hoosier Book Award Intermediate List of nominees for 2016-2017 so I knew I wanted to read Lily and Dunkin long before I noted the subject matter. Lily and Dunkin sits squarely in middle school. Not quite for elementary school shelves but kind of youngish for high school. It's yet another title that has me shouting with a finger pointing in the air- people!!! there are many ...
  • Michelle
    "Lily and Dunkin" is a well written heartwarming story of Lily, an 8th grade transgender teen and her friend Dunkin, who diagnosed with bipolar disorder, navigate their differences to form a solid friendship. The novel also illustrates the importance of close family relationships that support youth as they develop and mature. Gephart explores the topics of transgender students and youth with mental illness, (also available medical care/treatments...
  • Vicki
    Beautifully written story of a transgender and bipolar who meet and take the reader on a journey he or she is not likely to forget.I'm so glad that books like this are written and hopefully will help people to be open-minded and to embrace people of all types. Lily is transgender and her is terribly bullied at school. When she meets Dunkin he at first seems like he'll be a good friend but then the bullies manage to feed his ego and pull him to th...
  • Sue
    In her author's note Donna Gephart says that she hopes this story will open a pathway of empathy, compassion and kindness... Have you ever read a book where you have so much empathy for the characters that you don't want anything to happen to them? and you hold your breath until the end to find out what happens.. and then you cry because the book has such a beautiful finish...That is this story.. a family story, a generational story, a story with...