More than a transgender story, Secret Summers by Glynda Shaw is a wonderfully written and very spooky tale of the supernatural about a pre-teenage boy who visits his mysterious aunt on the foreboding Oregon coast and finds he is subtly and inexplicably morphing into a girl.
For some reason this bizarre happening seems quite natural to all and even he seems strangely undisturbed by it. Then things appear and disappear in this place for no apparent reason as the story unfolds with his aunt eventually revealing her dark secret to him.
These words somehow ring true to the lad:
“There is a trace on your things that are all you and they are distinctly female.”
“What does that mean?” He asks.
“I don't know, but either you're a girl in some sense, perhaps unknown to you, or you are tightly bound to a spirit self that has been largely female through the ages.”
[Reviewed by Samuel]