by Julie Anne Peters


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ISBN-13: 9780316733694
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/12/2004
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Julie Anne Peters is the critically acclaimed author of Define "Normal," Keeping You a Secret, Pretend You Love Me, Between Mom and Jo, She Loves You, She Loves You Not..., It's Our Prom (So Deal With It), and Luna, a National Book Award finalist. She lives with her partner, Sherri Leggett, in Lakewood, Colorado.

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By Julie Anne Peters

Little, Brown Childrens

Copyright © 2004 Julie Anne Peters
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-73369-5

Chapter One

It was the feel of her presence in my room that woke me - again. I rolled over in bed and squinted at the clock on my nightstand. "What time is it?" My voice slurred. The blurry numbers came into focus. Two thirty-three. "Two thirty-three? Don't you ever sleep?"

She didn't respond.

I scooted my pillow against the headboard to sit up, see what she was doing. "What is that?" I asked.

"Like it?" She shimmied in front of the mirror. The layered fringe on the dress she was wearing swayed in waves. "It's an old flapper dress I found at Goodwill," she said. In her stockinged feet, she performed a little Charleston for me. "It's vintage. Totally retro. Don't you think? I'm wearing this baby to prom."

I snorted. Her eyes met mine in the mirror and sobered me fast. She couldn't be serious.

Examining the length of herself, she hooked her long hair over her ears and wiggled her hips again. She'd chosen the blonde wig tonight. It wasn't her favorite, since she thought it made her look cheap. Like a slut. It did go well with the red dress, though. She caught me looking at her and smiled. "I'm going to run for prom queen, too."

I burst into laughter, then clapped a hand over my mouth to smother the sound. Wouldn't want to wake the parental units upstairs.

She wasn'tlaughing.

She was joking. Wasn't she? "Lia -"

"Luna," she said. "I've taken the name Luna." Her eyes fixed on mine. To gauge my reaction, I guess. Or seek my approval. What did it matter what I thought?

"Why change?" I yawned. "You've always been -"

"Lia's too close. Lia Marie. It's just too close." She crossed my bedroom, blazing a trail through the layer of clothes and other crap on my floor. As she passed under the window, she stopped and pivoted. The moon cast an eerie glow through my basement window. A spotlight. A spray of luminescent beams.

"Luna," she repeated softly, more to herself than me. "Appropriate, wouldn't you say? A girl who can only be seen by moonlight?"

Exhaustion overwhelmed me suddenly. Or my weariness of it all. "Go to bed, Luna." I snuggled down into my comforter and punched my pillow, willing myself back to sleep. It'd take me hours to drift off again, especially if she stayed to do her makeup. And she would.

I studied her through a slit eye. Something was different. A change had come over her. Nothing physical. More a shift in her cosmos - or maybe a crack.

"I can see your bra straps," I told her. "You need to buy a strapless."

"Really?" She twisted her head to peer over her shoulder. "Do you have one?"

"Get real. Even if I did, you're not wearing my underwear."

"It wouldn't fit anyway. I'm at least a C cup."

I blew out a puff of air. "You wish." Rolling over, I muttered, "You're such a freakshow."

Her hair splayed across my pillow, tickling my face. "I know," she murmured in my ear. "But you love me, don't you?" Her lips grazed my cheek.

I swatted her away.

As I heard her slog across the floor toward my desk - where she'd unveiled her makeup caddy in all its glory - a sigh of resignation escaped my lips. Yeah, I loved her. I couldn't help it. She was my brother.


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Luna 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 174 reviews.
beautifulnightmare More than 1 year ago
"I love her, she's my brother." Luna is a fantastic novel that touched my soul. After reading the story of a boy named Liam whose only wish is to have the body of a girl. I was filled with awe, respect and a unique kind of love for trans-gendered people. Luna is told from Regan's perspective, (Liam's sister) the only person that knows who Liam truly is on the inside. Regan shared her heart shattering experiences with Liam, or should I say Luna? Luna is the name Liam chose for the girl he really is. This book is one of the very few that brought tears to my eyes. I cried for sorrow, for joy, excitement, justice and so much more. It shows the depth, loneliness and depression transsexuals often go through. In a society full of closed minds, unacepting parents and peers, transsexual people are very likely to like a lie! Pretending to be somebody your not, is that living? To me its not. Its no wonder these people live in fear every single day. Even when they want to express themselves to their families, to the world by dressing the way they feel on the inside. A shadow of fear will follow them everywhere they go. A fear of not being accepted, being judged or even being physically and verbally harassed. Bruises will heal but words will leave a scar for life. This novel also got me thinking, what if I had a boy's body when I know Im a girl! How would I cope with that? How would you? People are always saying, "It's the inside that counts" If this is true, then what makes it so hard to accept somebody that's different from us? This book also made me realize a huge difference between gays and transsexuals that many people don't understand. Transsexuals are not attracted to their same sex; it only seems that way because we forget that they are stuck in the body of the opposite sex. They don't choose to be trans, just like we don't choose who our parents are or what our hair color is. On the other hand, gays are attracted to the same sex, and some people are even born being gay; others choose to be gay as a lifestyle but gays and trans have something in common; they both deserve respect, just like you and I. To conclude this, Luna is an intriguing masterpiece about a girl stuck in the body of a boy with a bittersweet ending. Luna leaves you satisfied, but craving for more at the same time. I believe that everybody should read this mind-opening novel.
Ashlee McGinnis More than 1 year ago
i loved almost everything about the book but the constant dramatic smashes to the face and abrupted ending stopped me from truely loving everything. I dont regret buying and reading this book, infact i have recommended it to friends, i just wish there was a sequel or something to give a little more to the story. 3-4 stars all in all.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
LUNA is the first book I've ever read that deals specifically with transgender issues. Although you get a feel for what the book is about by reading the back copy--in effect, that Regan's brother, Liam, is a woman trapped in a man's body--you don't get the full spectrum of what this actually means until you reach the end of chapter one.

"Rolling over, I muttered, 'You're such a freakshow.' Her hair splayed across my pillow, tickling my face. 'I know,' she murmured in my ear. 'But you love me, don't you?' Her lips grazed my cheek. I swatted her away. As I heard her slog across the floor toward my desk--where she'd unveiled her makeup caddy in all its glory--a sigh of resignation escaped my lips. Yeah, I loved her. I couldn't help it. She was my brother."

Liam is the type of boy who, even as a small child, wanted to by the Mommy when he and Regan played house. For his ninth birthday, he asked for a Prom Barbie and a bra. Now, as a senior in high school, Liam is consumed with letting out Luna, the name he's taken for his female self. His dad, of course, is adamant that his son will finally play baseball. His mother, lost in a world of uppers and downers, pretends not to notice when her son offers to fix dinner or do the laundry. And Regan, the only one who knows her brother for who he is--a sister named Luna--is losing sleep and a chance for her own life by hiding the secret.

Something has to change, and it finally does when Luna decides to go all the way, to actually become Luna, the woman he knows he is. But what will it mean for his family, especially Regan, who has spent so long loving her brother, protecting his secrets, being a part of his life? It might just be time for Regan to have a childhood of her own, and for Luna to come out of the darkness, out of the shadow of the moon, and into the light.

LUNA is an emotional, heartfelt read that deftly deals with the issue of transgenderism in a way that makes it believable and important. I had never really thought of what it must be like for someone who believes they were born with the wrong body, but after reading LUNA, my heart and support goes out to anyone who has ever suffered with this issue. This is a book not to be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished Luna. I spent a couple of weeks reading a chapter at a time. Then, I spent 10 hours reading that last 2/3 of the book! POWERFUL. As a TRANSGENDERED PERSON, I can Relate! Emotional, Personal, Real-life story & Wonderful-Sacrifice of Regan, Sister-Supporting in a world that DONESN'T- UNDERSTAND what's it's like to live in a body that doesn't match your True-Inner-Self! I am a mid-age adult, male body that felt like a girl since 12 and everything I've tried to 'Get-rid-of-it' keeps comming up. Why?? Societal-Pressures! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK from teenage- thru Adult! Powerful Loving Story of a Sister that 'Sacrifices-her-life' for her-brother to be 'Herself!' I Honer-her-for-that!!!! Once you start to read, you just CAN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN!! A~MUST~READ!! It's SOOOOOOO AWESOME, Sensitive & Human!
Juggalocoroni More than 1 year ago
Before I started reading Luna, I was unsure of how I would react to the plot. I had never read about transgenders, but I was opened minded. As I read Luna, I started to become a little attached to her because I felt really bad for her. Liam was shy and embarrassed, but Luna was exotic and bright. They were battling inside one body. Luna was winning, thankfully. This book wasn't the best, but it was an interesting story about a transgender trying to find themself.
Pamela_loves_her_nook More than 1 year ago
This book was so good, I felt a different range of emotions for each character and I just couldn't put it down. It explores Regan's relationship with her brother/sister to her love life (or lack there of) to even how unconnected she is with her own parents. I found myself dabbing at my eyes from time to time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Luna is an amazing novel and a very easy read. It is one of those books you just do not want to put down. I would not recommend this novel for audiences younger than a high school student because I think the book was written for a mature audience. I enjoyed reading Luna because it was about a topic that is very rarely written or talked about, transgender. Before reading this novel, I knew basically nothing about transgender. I think lots of people are uneducated about it. Lots of people confuse transgender with homosexuality, which is a completely different thing. Transgender people are trapped in the wrong body, whereas, homosexuals are happy with the gender they were born with, but they just happen to be attracted to the same sex. I like how Luna is written from the point of view of Regan, the sister of a transgender boy. I like how the novel showed not only the struggles of Liam/Luna, the transgender boy, but also of the struggles that Regan went through being the only one Liam/Luna could go to when he/she needed help. Regan being there for Liam/Luna made Luna feel like she was not alone in this world. Regan saved Luna many times from doing some drastic things, like committing suicide. One struggle that Regan deals with is finding her own identity. She is always concerned about Liam/Luna and his problems, so she does not have a life of her own. Everything she does revolves around Liam/Luna and his/her plans. By the end of the novel, Regan realizes that she needs to start living her own life. I think this book is very inspirational for other transgender people. I feel like it might help them to have the courage to finally become the person they truly are, or at least tell another person about their struggles, so they do not have to go through it alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Luna written by Julie Ann Peters is a book with a subject that most teen have never read about, transgender. The book focuses around Regan a fifteen year old girl who has a lot on her plate, she has a mean chemistry teacher who holds her up to her genus brother, trying not to act stupid around her oh so cute chemistry partner, her popping pills mom, and her macho man dad. But on top of all this her brother wakes her up almost every night to transform into Luna 'his chosen name' by putting on wigs and women¿s clothing from thrift stores. Since his mother is never home to notice and his dad is always pushing him to be more of a man Luna remains secret only to Regan and Liam. Regan does her best to be supportive even putting her own life on hold to take care of Liam/ Luna. But now Luna is growing restless and is ready to break out. Everyday it becomes harder and harder to keep Luna a secret from the world. And the outing of this secret is enough to wreck both of their lives. Luna is a book best saved for 13-16 year old girls since the subject matter is a little much or too hard to comprehend. The story is told in many flashbacks that give us insights to how Liam was always trying to be a girl, while also telling how their family fell apart. In my opinion is a engrossing read that is new and exciting, many times you take a pause a think about the characters and the decisions they made. The book preaches understanding along with acceptance that many readers will be able to relate to. That is why I give it five out of five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teenaged transgendered male to female, I think that Julie Anne Peters did a phenomenal job portraying the struggle of the transgendered teenager. I found myself relating to Luna's character immensely and was so moved that I cried at different times in the story. This book is perfect for anyone who doesn't understand transsexuality and wants to know more about it, or anyone who needs a great book to laugh and cry to.
olyra on LibraryThing 29 days ago
i was really moved by this book. i wish there were more like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A boy cannot magically become a girl and a girl cannot magically become a boy. Even if he dresses up like a girl. He is still a boy. Sorry, I don't make the rules.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would rate zero if possible, really? Was this written by an Not good at all eight year old?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Literally loved this book so much. It was such an eye opener to transgender lifestyle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh wow. Words cannot express how deeply moved I was at this book. No other book to my knowledge has been able to capture what it means to be trans like this book does. Both for the person who is transgender and their family. The absolute need to be who you are. The humanity of their father who tried to be a father to his children but couldn't accept them for who they were. The teenage anxiety and at times stupidity. In all these ways the author delivered a beautifully moving story thst touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for bringing such a powerful story to life. If ever there was a story we need to see on the big screen too, this is it. I hope someone notices just what a powerful story of love and acceptance this is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was nighttime in pineclan and a cream colored shecat walked to the dirtplace and slipped through the dirtplace tunnel . The queen padded along a stream and sat by a pine tree to rest. She heard a rustle of leaves and saw a black tom with bright green eyes. She gasped with delight as she entwined her tail around his and said, " my love i have something to tell you.." "what is it lillyshine?" Said the tom with a concerned look across his face. Lillyshine's brilliant purplish blue sparkled as she replied " im going to have your kits in a half moon!" The tom's eyes widened in satisfied shock as he mewed "our kits will be beautiful!" The tom's warm gaze didn't last long as he whispered "oh no..." when he saw a band of rogues burst into the clearing. "There you are dragon! We've been looking for you!" Smirked the dusty brown tom with amber in the lead of the group. A small old misty grey shecat with angry blue eyes padded up beside the brown tom and exclaimed "dragon your brain must be made of thistledown if you thought we wouldn't have noticed your little nighttime trips.." " venom! Viper! Leave lillyshine and i alone!" Said dragon as he shielded lillyshine from the intruders. " you can redeem our trust if your mate serves us after she has her kits." Venom sneered. " no! I couldn't do that!" Screeched dragon. " dragon, let me do this for you." Mewed lillyshine quietly. " why!!?" Meowed dragon. "Because... because i love you." Mewed lillyshine with tears streaming down her face. "Looks like this is settled. Lillyshine, you're coming with us." Said venom triumphantly. (Thanks for reading this! If you have any character applications feel free to suggest them!) -obibunkenobi11
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She froze the ground and Kai walked in and sliped
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fight if you must.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*A dark silver tabby with black stripes pads in.* Hello. Can I join your Clan. I hope to help it never fade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dipped her head and bounded into the night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The golden eyes blink calmly. "I am Goldthunder. I am the omen which announces evil intentions." The cat steps out of the shadows. "But this time, I warn not of a raid. I warn you of evil within. A certain cat within this Clan wishes to corrupt you all by taking leadership tonight and turning Iceclan into an evil clan. This cat, Blueheart, was conspiring with Ethereal about such matters. Do not allow your Clan to follow in Ethereal's footsteps. Good luck." Goldthunder vanishes once again into the shadows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A small bobcat-like cat approached the camp, her pelt littered with herbs. "Hello," she meowed, dipping her head. "I am Junebug, medicine cat of Thunderclan. I wanted to offer my assistance with your injured." She meowed, her emerald eyes scanning the clearing. Many thoughts rinning through her head, but she refused to let them ashen her mood. ``Junebug
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads out to go hunting." Be back later." He mews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What clan is this?