Reviews of Jazz
“Filled with facts, substance and artful description, JAZZ opens up a heartbreaking world of a young transgender teen…this story of self-discovery, love and understanding is such an important one to tell.”
Katherine Hudson, Telegraph Journal
“The language in the book is simple and frank – perfect for describing the world around Jazz. We empathize with him as we witness the trials, pitfalls and the joys the frustrated youth endures to achieve his new identity. Readers gain an understanding of transgendered individuals no matter who they are or where they live.”
The Library for Pacific Tranquility
“Though the narration ends on a hopeful note…it does leave one asking this question. Do we really live our lives or merely exist on impressions created by others?”
Ottawa Review of Books
“Elizabeth Copeland’s Jazz takes us on a touching journey as a young trans man reclaims his body and identity. Aimed at a young audience, this book is sure to help closed-minded youth gain a new perspective, and to help trans youth and other members of the LGBT community realize that they are not alone.”
The Furious Gazelle
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“With her strong characterization and deep insight, Elizabeth Copeland pulls us into Jazz’s passionate, tormented heart, broadens our concept of gender, and lifts us up with his final redemption.”
Teri Degler, author of The Divine Feminine Fire: Creativity and Your Yearning to Express YourSelf (Dreamweaver Press) and The Fiery Muse: Creativity and the Spiritual Quest (Random House).
“A heartfelt and authentic depiction of a transgendered boy's difficult break from his unaccepting family and discovery of a new family on the streets of downtown Toronto. Copeland writes authentically and movingly with a style that's engaging and terrifically dramatic. Gripping and very real.”
Sugith Varughese, Actor, Storyteller, Filmaker
Enlightening reading about what truly defines a man, transgender or otherwise
This book grabbed my attention from the first page and held it fast until the last word...I didn't want it to end! It was fascinating to experience the main character's growth from an immature, uncertain teen into Jazz, a brave young man. I highly recommend it!
Excellent for parents of emerging teens
Excellent for parents of emerging teens, educators and therapists working with youth, parents and families where identity formation is a core issue. Moving, honest and has great prospects for a stage play or short film. I began reading and did not put it down until I had finished. It is poignant in its exploration of a very important issue.
A moving and captivating read
I loved this book and its characters. Elizabeth's writing is gritty and fluid. The story captured my attention immediately and it challenged me to think more deeply about many issues, not just gender identity. The book gave me a window into a world I know very little about. I see differently now that I've read Jazz.
Jazz, like the music, is pure joy!
I could not put it down. Engrossing, heartfelt…. I loved Jazz & journey of discovery reminds us all to be honest in our own truth!