Write the Book You Want to Read but Can’t Find – guest post with Bruce Edlen, author of Jazz Mergirl

Titled Jazz Mergirl, The True Story of Jazz Jennings, a Transgender Girl Born in a Boy’s Body this is the biography of Jazz Jennings, well-known teen activist and star of TLC’s I Am Jazz TV docuseries. In 2014, Jazz was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the world’s “25 Most-Influential Teens,” an honor she shares with Malala Yousafzai.
The book’s profits are being donated to support Jazz’s charitable foundation TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation



About Jazz Mergirl


Jazz Jennings

Jazz Mergirl is the compelling true story of a transgender girl born in a boy’s body. It tells how Jazz Jennings and her family navigated the challenging road to transition her into the bright, beautiful, lovely teen she is today.
It is also the story of Jazz’s courage and determination in speaking out to the world about being transgender. She urges those who are “less understanding” to become more accepting of “unique and special people,” she encourages kids who are different to accept and love themselves.
Jazz is an activist, author, artist, and TV star. She has received numerous awards and other recognitions. A champion for equal rights, Jazz said, “I am honored to represent the voice of transgender children, many of whom are too afraid to speak on their own.”
Both teens and adults will be fascinated and engaged by Jazz Mergirl. This book will also be of interest to teachers, those in psychology and gender studies programs, therapists, and people in the healthcare and child protective systems. Included are online resources, an extensive glossary, and a Q & A section, and many B&W illustrations.


Bruce Edlen bio picture

Guest Post: Write the Book that You Want to Read and Can’t Find
The path to this book was already prepared when I came across Jazz’s wonderful and inspiring story. I just knew this was something I had to share with others. But when I looked for a biography about Jazz, there wasn’t one available. That’s how I came to do what another author advised: “Write the book you want to read but can’t find.” In other words, this book found me, not the other way around.

Jazz Mergirl is the biography of Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen activist and star of TLC’s I Am Jazz TV docuseries. When I came across Jazz’s most moving and uplifting life story, my teacher’s inclination to share, and to inform and educate, just naturally led me to write this book.

Jazz Mergirl’s target audience is older teens (15+) to adults. I think that my having already worked with both students as well as grownups helped prepare me to present this story in a way that is accessible and engaging to teens and adult readers too. Included in the book’s back matter is an extensive resource section, with helpful information for parents, teachers, therapists, and other healthcare professionals.
The most common question I have been asked by curious and puzzled friends and acquaintances is, why did I write this particular book Jazz Mergirl? To begin with, I was not expecting to write any book, much less one about a transgender teen activist.

But a helpful writer friend who was reading the rough draft of my book’s preface asked how my many years as an educator might have led to my interest in this subject. Thinking about her question, it occurred to me that I had come to teaching with a keen awareness of the women’s rights movement, and over the years, I always made it a point with my students to ensure the girls were treated equally along with the boys. In fact, I decided to write my thesis about increasing gender equity for girls in school, and even conducted teacher trainings based on that research.
About Bruce Edlen

Bruce Edlen, M.A. ed., was a teacher for 20 years. Having worked with students as well as adults provided him with the background and skills necessary to make this story accessible and engaging to both teens and older readers.


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