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Young adult fiction about 15 year-old Kivali who is having a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Kivali isn’t sure if she is a Boy or girl? Human or lizard? Both or neither? Winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Literary Award.

In a futuristic society run by an all-powerful Gov, a bender teen on the cusp of adulthood has choices to make that will change her life–and maybe the world.

Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn’t sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she’s in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she’s ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider. But she has a gift–the power to enter a trancelike state to harness the “knowings” inside her. She has Lizard Radio. Will it be enough to save her? A coming-of-age story rich in friendships and the shattering emotions of first love, this deeply felt novel will resonate with teens just emerging as adults in a sometimes hostile world.

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Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz

Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. She was abandoned as a baby, wearing a t-shirt with a lizard on the front. Nonconformist artist, Sheila, raised Kivali with stories of being dropped by the mysterious Saurians.

When people ask Kivali, “What are you?” Kivali isn’t sure. Boy or girl? Human or lizard? Both or neither?

Lizard Radio is the winner of the 2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender.

Hardback. ISBN 978-0-7636-7635-3.

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Pat Schmatz grew up in rural Wisconsin with snow and books and woods and basketball. She went to Michigan State University and the University of California, Berkeley.  She currently divides her time between Minneapolis and her rural home in Wisconsin. In addition to writing, Pat works for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, teaches on-line writing courses for The Loft in Minneapolis, and makes frequent visits to middle school classrooms to talk about writing, reading, and creativity. Pat is available for classroom or school visits, conferences and library talks. Topics can be tailored to adults, high school or middle school students.

Pat’s hobbies include the study of Japanese and Spanish, just about anything outdoors, and of course, reading is her favorite pastime still and always. Summer means swimming, canoeing and running, and in the winter she brings out the snowshoes, ice skates and cross-country skis. Her travels include Peru, Japan, Belgium and New Zealand, and she’s always on the lookout for a new place to go.

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