The graphic novel Call Me Nathan is a true coming-of-age story that explores transgender identity.
Assigned female at birth, Nathan spends his formative years facing questions without answers. As puberty hits and begins to change his body, it all just feels wrong, and something needs to change for it to feel right. He finds himself at a crucial crossroads. Becoming oneself is the work of a lifetime, no matter our gender, sexuality, or refusal to be limited by such categorizations. For Nathan, his courageous first steps toward discovering his true self happen through transition.
Based on a true story, author Catherine Castro and illustrator Quentin Zuttion explore the tenacity and bravery that such a journey entails while society continues to wrestle with the meaning of identity. Call Me Nathan issues a moving call for understanding, a powerful denunciation of prejudice, and a celebration of everything it means to love.
"Castro’s debut with artist Zuttion (The White Lady) is a deeply empathetic coming-of-age tale, based on the real life experiences of Castro’s friends . . . This heartfelt and accessible work will appeal to any reader grappling with personal identity or processing revelations within their own family."Publishers Weekly
"The medical transitioning process that Nathan wants to undergo is discussed in clear, clinical detail . . . Moments shared from the parents’ perspective could help others in their place understand and accept what their children are going through."Booklist