Gay Young Adult Fiction

High school hallways, first crushes, and discovering who you truly are – gay young adult fiction takes these familiar experiences and injects them with a vibrant dose of diversity.  Join unforgettable protagonists as they navigate friendships, family dynamics, and the exhilarating rush of first love.  These stories tackle real-world issues with honesty and heart while celebrating the power of self-acceptance and finding your place in the world.  Whether you’re reliving the teenage years or embarking on them for the first time, prepare to be inspired by characters who break the mold and embrace their authentic selves.

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Adam Sass

A headshot of author Adam Sass.

Adam Sass began writing in Sharpie on the backs of Starbucks pastry bags. (He’s sorry it distracted him from making your latte.) He’s the author of the buzzy YA novels Surrender Your Sons, The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers, and Your Lonely Nights Are Over, which have been honored by Kirkus, Seventeen Magazine, and USA Today.

Adam has been featured in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Teen Vogue, and is a frequent guest on the Savage Lovecast, Professional Book Nerds, and Podcast: The Ride. His forthcoming YA RomCom, Cursed Boys and Broken Hearts, releases July 2024. He lives in Palm Springs with his husband and dachshunds. Find him on all socials at TheAdamSass.

Cursed Boys and Broken Hearts

by Adam Sass

Love’s Thorny Vine: A Summer Romance Sprouts Surprises

Grant Rossi’s love life is as reliable as Chicago weather—unpredictable and prone to storms. Cursed since childhood by the legendary Wishing Rose, his relationships wilt before they bloom. As another breakup scorches his soul, Grant seeks refuge in the crumbling embrace of his family’s vineyard, hoping to resurrect more than just the neglected grapes.

Tasked with revitalizing the dilapidated B&B nestled amidst the vines, Grant encounters an unexpected twist: his old flame Ben, the boy who once kindled his heart’s desire and then doused its flames. With tensions as thick as the summer humidity, their reunion promises both heat and heartache.

Amidst the tangled vines of the vineyard and the thorny memories of lost love, Grant and Ben wrestle with more than just renovation plans. As passion simmers and tempers flare, Grant wonders if breaking his curse means breaking his heart anew. But with the fragrant promise of roses in the air and the allure of second chances, Grant may just discover that love, like wine, only improves with time.

The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers

by Adam Sass

Tired of imaginary boyfriends? Micah’s about to get schooled in the art of real-life romance (and public transportation etiquette).

Prepare yourselves, hopeless romantics, for a YA rom-com as charming as a stolen glance across a crowded coffee shop. Meet Micah Summers, the “Prince of Chicago” (by virtue of being the son of the city’s most obnoxious sports radio host, the “King”). Micah boasts a perfect life, overflowing with cash, captivating dreams, and a social media empire built entirely on… imaginary boyfriends. Yes, you read that right. Ninety-nine meticulously drawn hunks grace Micah’s Instagram, each a product of his ever-active imagination (and perhaps a touch of crippling shyness).

However, our prince of procrastination is yearning for a real happily ever after. Enter Boy 100, poised to be Micah’s grand entrance into the world of actual dating. But fate, as it often does, throws a pumpkin-embroidered jacket (and a dash of social awkwardness) into the mix. When the boy of Micah’s dreams literally dashes off the train, leaving behind said jacket as a modern-day Cinderella clue, our lovesick hero embarks on a quest through the bustling streets of Chicago.

Join Micah and his trusty sidekicks as they navigate the treacherous terrain of romance, pumpkin spice lattes, and the confusing world of public transport. This hilarious adventure will prove that sometimes, the most perfect love story isn’t found in a fairytale, but in the guy you might have overlooked entirely. After all, true love rarely arrives with a glass slipper (or a stolen library card, which might actually be more Micah’s style).

Your Lonely Nights Are Over

by Adam Sass

Can these fabulous BFFs dodge a killer and survive senior year… or will their reign of sass come to a screeching halt?

Brace yourselves, darling readers, for a YA horror unlike any other. Imagine “Clueless” meets “Scream,” but with a dash of existential dread and a whole lot more glitter. Enter Dearie and Cole, the reigning royalty of Stone Grove High (unpopular opinion, of course). These two are as sharp as their stilettos, as witty as a Dorothy Parker quip, and about as believable when they claim innocence as a Kardashian on a camping trip.

However, their reign of fabulousness is threatened by a killer with a taste for the rainbow. Mr. Sandman, a local legend who puts Freddy Krueger to shame, has returned from his dusty retirement, and guess what’s his new stomping ground? Stone Grove High’s very own Queer Club.

With bodies piling up faster than last season’s trends, Dearie and Cole find themselves as suspects. But fear not, these sassy sleuths are determined to unmask the killer, even if it means navigating the treacherous waters of small-town secrets and facing some uncomfortable truths about their picture-perfect desert paradise.

So, grab your popcorn (extra butter, naturally), and prepare for a wild ride filled with killer one-liners, high school hijinks, and enough mystery to keep you guessing until the very last page. Will Dearie and Cole expose the killer before they become another fashion statement gone wrong? Or will their lonely nights become permanently silent? Let’s just say, things are about to get positively murderous.

Surrender Your Sons

by Adam Sass

Escaping Darkness: A Journey Through Shadows and Secrets

Connor Major’s summer sizzles with sinister twists as he finds himself ensnared in a web of deception and despair. From the ashes of failed SATs to the grief of losing an elderly friend, his journey spirals into a labyrinth of despair when he confronts his mother with his truth, only to be exiled to the desolate shores of Nightlight Ministries, a haven for misguided souls seeking conversion.

But beneath the façade of religious rectitude lies a darkness that threatens to engulf Connor and his fellow captives. As he navigates the treacherous currents of the camp’s secrets and the whispered confessions of its inhabitants, Connor resolves to shatter the shackles of oppression and expose the camp’s true nature.

Yet, in the shadows of Nightlight, danger lurks at every turn, and trust is a commodity in short supply. With the courage of conviction burning in his heart, Connor plots his daring escape, determined to lead his companions to freedom and to unveil the sinister truths that haunt the camp’s corridors.

In a battle against time and tyranny, Connor discovers that the true measure of bravery lies not in the absence of fear, but in the defiance of darkness. As he stands poised on the brink of liberation, he vows to reclaim his voice and illuminate the path to redemption for all who have been ensnared by the chilling grip of Nightlight Ministries.


Adam Silvera

Author photo of Adam Silvera.

Adam Silvera is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End, The First to Die at the End, More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, the Infinity Cycle trilogy, and the What If It’s Us duology with Becky Albertalli. His novels have received many starred reviews. He previously worked in children’s publishing and bookselling. He was born and raised in the Bronx and now lives in Los Angeles. He is tall for no reason.

Infinity Kings

Infinity Cycle # 3

by Adam Silvera

Betrayal, Scythes, and the Battle for Infinity

In the twilight of an epic saga, where bloodlines fray, and destinies collide, two brothers stand on opposing shores—a war-torn canvas painted with heartache.

Emil, the Reluctant Leader: “Whispers of Betrayal”

Ultimate betrayal severs bonds. Emil, once a pawn, now dons the mantle of leadership. His brother, Brighton, a tempest of power, looms. Ness and Wyatt, hearts entangled, vie for Emil’s favor. Sacrifices loom—love or war?

Brighton, the Unstoppable Seeker: “Scythe of Legends”

Legions are at his command, and Brighton craves more. An ancient scythe—the key to unmaking the unkillable—beckons. Against Emil and rising shadows, he sharpens his resolve. Power, like a blade, awaits.

Maribelle, the Enigma: “Resurrections and Regrets”

Lost love, a phantom ache. Maribelle dances with her greatest enemy, seeking resurrection. Ness, the political infiltrator, battles Iron’s tyranny. Tragedies unfurl—a tapestry of change.

Infinity Son vs. Infinity Reaper: “Crowning the Cosmos”

As stars collide, who ascends? The Infinity King awaits—a throne forged in sacrifice, love, and irrevocable choice.

Wrap your heart in stardust, for the final chapter unfolds—a symphony of war, love, and infinity.

Infinity Reaper

Infinity Cycle # 2

by Adam Silvera

Magic, Mayhem, and Missteps in Manhattan

In this electrifying sequel to the New York Times bestseller Infinity Son, Adam Silvera weaves a tale where heroes and villains collide in an alternate New York City. Here, some are blessed with innate powers, while others siphon magic from the blood of rare, mystical creatures.

Emil and Brighton thought they had defied fate. They outwitted the Blood Casters and emerged alive—barely. Brighton, having ingested the Reaper’s Blood for supposed invincibility, finds it’s actually a slow-acting poison.

As Emil desperately searches for a cure to save his brother and purge his own unwanted phoenix abilities, he must confront the very past he’s been fleeing. The Spell Walkers, once his allies, are splintering. Maribelle’s vengeful crusade is leading her down a perilous path.

Ness, meanwhile, is exploited by Senator Iron, his rare shapeshifting skills turned into a political weapon. Though he yearns to reach out to Emil, Ness knows the safest way to protect him from his corrupt father is to stay away.

In a conflict as complex as a chess match, Emil begins to understand that the real adversary might not be who he thought. As the players take their positions, the stakes have never been higher.

Infinity Son

Infinity Cycle # 1

by Adam Silvera

Sibling Rivalry Gets a Supernatural Twist

In Infinity Son, bestselling author Adam Silvera deftly balances grand battles and intimate dramas in a gritty, high-octane adventure where two brothers are thrust into a magical war that’s been brewing for generations.

In the bustling heart of New York, brothers Emil and Brighton have always admired the Spell Walkers, a group of vigilantes dedicated to eradicating specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with their abilities, specters brutally steal magic from endangered mystical creatures.

Brighton yearns for powers to join the fight, whereas Emil just wants peace. The relentless cycle of violence has made it nearly impossible for those with powers to live without fear. Amidst this turmoil, specter gangs are becoming increasingly audacious.

During a clash at a protest, Emil unexpectedly discovers he has a power of his own, catapulting him into the very heart of the conflict. Suddenly, he’s poised to become the heroic Spell Walker that Brighton has always dreamt of being.

As the bonds of brotherhood, love, and loyalty are tested, the battle intensifies, and no one will emerge unscathed.

The First to Die at the End

Death-Cast #0

by Adam Silvera

Countdown to Connection: A Prequel to They Both Die at the End

In this gripping prequel to the bestselling phenomenon They Both Die at the End, two strangers embark on a transformative day after receiving their fateful calls from Death-Cast. Welcome to the world of Adam Silvera’s #1 New York Times bestseller!

On the eve of Death-Cast’s launch, the burning question is whether it can truly predict one’s death or if it’s an elaborate hoax. Orion Pagan, who has lived under the shadow of a severe heart condition, anxiously awaits confirmation of his mortality. He signed up for Death-Cast to know when his time would come.

Valentino Prince, with dreams of a fresh start in New York, has a bright future ahead. He registered for Death-Cast only after a near-fatal accident involving his twin sister shook him to his core.

Fate brings Orion and Valentino together in Times Square, where an instant, profound connection forms between them. As the inaugural End Day calls are made, their lives are irrevocably altered—one receives the dreaded call, and the other does not. Uncertain of what the day holds, they resolve to spend it together, embracing every moment, knowing their farewell might be heart-wrenching.

With Adam Silvera’s trademark bittersweet narrative, this story illuminates the indelible impact we have on each other and reminds us to live every day to its fullest.

They Both Die at the End

Death-Cast #1

by Adam Silvera

One Day, One Last Friend

On September 5, just past midnight, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio receive the dreaded call from Death-Cast: today is their last day alive.

Though strangers, Mateo and Rufus each seek a new friend to share their End Day. Luckily, there’s an app for that—Last Friend. Through this app, they connect and embark on an extraordinary journey, determined to live a lifetime in a single day.

In this devastating yet uplifting tale, Adam Silvera poignantly reminds us that life and death, love and loss, are inextricably linked. Over the course of one unforgettable day, Mateo and Rufus’s lives are forever changed.

Here’s To Us

What If It’s Us #2

by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera

Old Flames, New Beginnings: A Tale of Second Chances

Ben has spent his first year of college immersed in his fantasy manuscript with his writing partner Mario, who happens to be an excellent Spanish tutor and an even better kisser. Yet, he can’t shake the thoughts of Arthur, who’s back in town two years after their breakup.

Arthur has returned to New York for a coveted Broadway internship and is happily involved with his boyfriend back home. However, when he stumbles upon Ben snuggled up with someone new, he starts to question if his feelings for Ben ever truly faded.

Despite their best efforts to focus on their futures, Ben and Arthur keep crossing paths in the present. Is the universe nudging them to reconsider if they’re destined to be together?

Perhaps not—after all, it didn’t work out the first time. Perhaps yes—since the sparks are undeniably still there. Sometimes, you just have to take a leap of faith and raise a toast.

Here’s to cherishing old friends! Here’s to embracing new beginnings! Here’s to believing in second chances!

What If It’s Us

What If It’s Us #1

by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera

A Summer Romance Worth a Standing Ovation

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben, on the other hand, thinks the universe should butt out. If it were on his side, he wouldn’t be lugging a box of his ex-boyfriend’s stuff to the post office.

When Arthur and Ben meet-cute at said post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing—they do get separated. Maybe everything—they do get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date… or a second first date… or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

History Is All You Left Me

by Adam Silvera

Love, Loss, and Life’s Puzzle Pieces

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, tragically drowns, his world shatters. Despite Theo’s move to California for college and his new relationship with Jackson, Griffin always believed Theo would eventually return to him. Now, the future Griffin had envisioned lies in ruins.

Adding to his torment, the only person who truly comprehends his grief is Jackson. Despite their growing bond, Griffin’s descent into obsessive compulsions and self-destructive behavior continues. The secrets he harbors are slowly tearing him apart.

To forge a path forward, Griffin must first confront his past, piecing together every heartbreaking fragment of his history. Only then can he hope to rebuild his future.

More Happy Than Not

by Adam Silvera

Mind-Bending Memories and Bronx Revelations

Blending the whimsical romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the poignant exploration of identity in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut delves into race, class, and sexuality over one charged summer in the Bronx.

Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is grappling with the aftermath of a family tragedy, struggling to reclaim his happiness. This summer, with the patient support of his girlfriend Genevieve, he’s starting to remember what joy feels like. However, it’s his budding friendship with Thomas that truly helps Aaron open up about his past and face his future.

As their bond deepens, Aaron uncovers truths about himself that threaten his fragile sense of contentment. He considers a revolutionary memory-alteration procedure from the Leteo Institute, which promises to help him sort out his life. But at what cost? What if forgetting means losing the essence of who he truly is?

Adib Khorram

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Adib Khorram is the author of “Darius the Great is Not Okay,” which earned the William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor, as well as a multitude of other honors and accolades. His follow-up, “Darius the Great Deserves Better,” received three starred reviews, was an Indie Bestseller, and received a Stonewall Honor. His latest novel, “Kiss & Tell,” received four starred reviews. His debut picture book, “Seven Special Somethings: A Nowruz Story,” was released in 2021. When he isn’t writing, you can find him learning to do a Lutz jump, practicing his handstands, or steeping a cup of oolong. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where people don’t usually talk about themselves in the third person. You can find him on Twitter (@adibkhorram), Instagram (@adibkhorram), or on the web at adibkhorram.com.

The Breakup Lists

by Adib Khorram

High School Drama, Now Featuring: Complicated Crushes

In Adib Khorram’s latest hilarious romantic comedy, the tangled web of high school theater makes love more complex than a simple “boy meets boy.”

Jackson Ghasnavi is many things: a tech whiz, a smoothie connoisseur, and an obsessive list-maker. But one thing he’s certainly not is a romantic. Witnessing his parents’ messy divorce and repeatedly mending his sister Jasmine’s broken heart has only cemented his stance. Happy to stay behind the scenes—he is a stage manager, after all—Jackson confines his romantic efforts to crafting breakup lists for Jasmine, detailing every flaw of her exes.

Then enters the senior swim captain turned leading man, capturing the attention of both Ghasnavi siblings. Jackson doesn’t have a crush, of course. Besides, Jasmine is already making her move, and the captain is undoubtedly straight.

So why does the thought of writing a breakup list for him seem utterly unimaginable?

Kiss & Tell

by Adib Khorram

Boy Band Heartbreaks and Headlines

In this smart and sexy YA novel by award-winning author Adib Khorram, a boy band star navigates his first breakup, his first rebound, and the complexities of being queer in the public eye.

Hunter never envisioned himself as a boy band sensation, but here he is, touring North America with his band Kiss & Tell, playing to packed arenas and constantly under the scrutiny of the gossip-hungry press. As the only gay member of the band, Hunter has just endured a brutal breakup with his first boyfriend—complete with leaked sexts and public humiliation. Now, everyone expects him to be the flawless queer role model for teens.

Hunter is uncertain about what being the “perfect” queer kid entails. Does it mean wearing whatever The Label dictates for photo shoots and pretending to be celibate? (Sadly, yes.) Does it involve connecting with queer fans at meet-and-greets after K&T’s shows? (Thankfully, yes.) Could it mean a budding romance with Kaivan, the star of the opening band on their tour? (He certainly hopes so.)

However, when The Label discovers Hunter and Kaivan’s relationship, it threatens everything—their budding romance, Hunter’s carefully curated public image, and, most critically, Hunter’s own sense of self.

Darius the Great Deserves Better

Darius the Great #2

by Adib Khorram

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Better Tea

Darius thought he was finally living the dream: a boyfriend, an internship, and a spot on the soccer team. But what if he’s meant for something more?

Since his transformative trip to Iran, Darius Kellner has been riding a wave of unexpected changes. He’s on better terms with his dad, and his best friend Sohrab is just a Skype call away. With a new boyfriend, Landon, varsity soccer practices, and an internship at his beloved tea shop, Darius feels like he’s getting a handle on this whole “being Darius” thing.

But life has a way of shaking things up. His grandmothers are in town for an extended stay, and Darius can’t shake the feeling they’re not too fond of him. The internship isn’t quite the dream job he envisioned, casting doubt on his passion for tea as a career. And as he grows closer to his teammate Chip, who happens to be friends with his old tormentor Trent Bolger, his feelings for Landon start to waver.

Darius thought he had it all figured out, but now he’s questioning everything. Perhaps he’s destined for something greater than he ever imagined.

Darius the Great is Not OK

Darius the Great #1

by Adib Khorram

Finding Home Abroad

Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, whether in America or Iran. In this hilarious and heartbreaking debut, Adib Khorram introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA literature.

Winner of the William C. Morris Debut Award

Darius Kellner speaks Klingon better than Farsi and understands Hobbit etiquette better than Persian traditions. As a Fractional Persian—half on his mother’s side—his first trip to Iran promises to be life-altering.

Darius has always felt out of place at home, and he’s convinced Iran won’t be any different. His clinical depression complicates things further, and explaining his medication to his grandparents only adds to his challenges. Then he meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything begins to shift. Their days become a whirlwind of soccer, faludeh, and long conversations on a hidden rooftop overlooking the city. Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian form of his name—and for the first time, Darius feels a sense of belonging.

Adib Khorram’s poignant debut is for anyone who has ever felt inadequate until they found a friend who makes them feel more than enough.


Akwaeke Emezi

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Akwaeke is an artist based in liminal spaces. Born and raised in Nigeria, their work spans literature, music, film, and visual art. Their debut EP Stop Dying, You Were Very Expensive! was released on March 8, 2024 and their eighth book Little Rot will be published on June 18, 2024 by Riverhead Books.

Akwaeke moved to Brooklyn in the early 2010s as a poet and filmmaker, with their short film Ududeagu winning Best Short Experimental at the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival. They exploded onto the literary scene in 2018 with their debut novel Freshwater and went on to publish a total of seven books in four years, including the instant NYT bestseller The Death Of Vivek Oji and National Book Award finalist Pet. Their romance novel You Made A Fool Of Death With Your Beauty was a 2023 NAACP Image Award nominee and the screen rights were sold in a seven-figure deal to Amazon Studios with Akwaeke executive producing alongside Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society.

Lauded as ‘one of our greatest living writers’ (Shondaland) and ‘a once-in-a-generation voice’ (Vulture), they are represented by Jacqueline Ko at The Wylie Agency, and by United Talent Agency.

Bitter

Pet #0.5

by Akwaeke Emezi

Art, Activism, and the Ultimate Choice

Bitter is elated to attend Eucalyptus, an elite school where she can immerse herself in painting alongside other creative teens. But just beyond this artistic sanctuary, the streets of Lucille rage with protests against the town’s deep-seated injustices. While Bitter’s instinct is to remain safe within Eucalyptus’s walls, her friends refuse to accept the status quo imposed by the adults.

Torn between old friendships, her artistic passion, and a burgeoning romance, Bitter struggles to find her place—should she stay in the studio or join the fight in the streets? And if she manages to support the revolution while staying true to herself, she must confront the ultimate question: at what cost?

Pet

Pet #1

by Akwaeke Emezi

Monsters Don’t Exist… Until They Do

From the acclaimed author praised by NPR as “like [Madeline] L’Engle… glorious,” comes a groundbreaking novel that challenges the boundaries of identity and justice. Pet is on a monster hunt. Do you dare to see the truth?

In the city of Lucille, children are taught that monsters are a thing of the past. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have always believed this. But their reality is shattered when Jam encounters Pet—a vivid, horned, clawed creature born from her mother’s painting and a drop of Jam’s blood. Pet’s mission is clear: to hunt a monster, one that hides in the shadowy corners of Redemption’s home.

Jam must navigate a world where society refuses to acknowledge the existence of monsters, battling to protect her friend and unearth the hidden horrors. How can you save the world from monsters if no one admits they’re real?

This gripping and timely young adult novel poses tough questions about choice and denial in a society that prefers to look away.


Alexandra Villasante

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Alex Villasante has always loved telling stories—though not always with words. She has a BFA in Painting and an MA in Combined Media (that’s art school speak for making work out of *anything*). Born in New Jersey to immigrant parents, Alex has the privilegio of dreaming in both English and Spanish.
When she’s not writing, painting or chasing chickens around the yard, Alex plans conferences and fundraisers for non-profits. She lives with her family in the semi-wilds of Pennsylvania. You can find Alex on Twitter and Instagram at @magpiewrites or on her website, alexvillasante.com

The Grief Keeper

by Alexandra Villasante

Healing Hearts in a Land of Broken Dreams

In this captivating YA debut, a speculative narrative weaves themes of healing, faith, and freedom into a poignant story of survival and love.

Seventeen-year-old Marisol has always envisioned an American life, informed by TV shows and the stories of Mrs. Rosen, an elderly expat who employed her mother. She dreamt of living like Aimee and Amber, the stars of her favorite American series, not fleeing El Salvador under threat of death and crossing the U.S. border as an “illegal.” But after her brother’s murder and the threat on her sister Gabi’s life, Marisol has no choice—especially since she feels it’s all her fault. Had she not fallen for the enchanting Liliana, perhaps Pablo would still be alive, her mother wouldn’t be in hiding, and she and Gabi wouldn’t have been apprehended at the border.

Caught and facing the near certainty of asylum denial, Marisol seizes a peculiar opportunity to stay in the U.S. She’s offered a chance to become a grief keeper, absorbing someone else’s grief into her own body to save a life. This risky, experimental study is Marisol’s only chance to keep Gabi safe. However, she never anticipated that one of the risks would be falling in love—a love so profound it might help her confront her own overwhelming sorrow.

The Grief Keeper is a tender exploration of the heartbreak and consequences faced by those labeled illegal, both in love and in life.


Alice Oseman

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Alice Oseman is an award-winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter, and was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She has written four YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: Solitaire, Radio Silence, I Was Born for This, and Loveless. She is the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic Heartstopper, which is now published in physical form by Hachette Children’s Group, and she is the writer, creator, and executive producer for the television adaptation of Heartstopper, which is set to be released on Netflix.

Alice’s first novel Solitaire was published when she was nineteen. Her YA novels have been nominated for the YA Book Prize, the Inky Awards, the Carnegie Medal, and the Goodreads Choice Awards.

​Alongside writing and drawing, Alice enjoys playing the piano semi-proficiently, Pokémon games, and purchasing too many Converse.

​Find Alice on Twitter and Instagram @AliceOseman.

Nick and Charlie

Heartstopper #6.5

by Alice Oseman

Love in the Time of Textbooks: A Heartstopper Story

Can young love survive the tyranny of distance? Nick and Charlie find out in this bittersweet novella by the mastermind behind Heartstopper. Nick and Charlie: a couple made in rom-com heaven. Practically joined at the hip, their love story has warmed hearts across the globe. But even the dreamiest romances must face reality, and reality in this case comes in the form of a looming university acceptance letter for Nick.

Suddenly, whispers of “long distance” and “is this the end?” begin to poison their blissful bubble. Is their love strong enough to survive separate bedrooms, let alone separate cities? As doubts cloud their once-sunny outlook, Charlie wrestles with crippling insecurity, and Nick, bless his clueless heart, can’t decipher Charlie’s radio silence for the life of him.

Will their epic love story become a cautionary tale, or can they rewrite the ending? Find out in this heartwarming novella that proves sometimes, absence really does make the heart grow fonder…or something like that.

Heartstopper: Volume 5

Heartstopper #5

by Alice Oseman

Love in the Time of University Applications (and Maybe Some Snogging)

This isn’t your average coming-of-age story. It’s a technicolor tapestry woven with anxieties, university applications, and the ever-present question: can love survive bunk beds and questionable cafeteria food? Nick and Charlie are officially an item, but navigating “the next level” proves trickier than a calculus exam. Will Charlie muster the courage to, ahem, spend the night? And with Nick’s university looming, is their newfound happiness destined for a long-distance heartbreak? Buckle up, binge-readers, for a poignant exploration of young love, self-discovery, and the existential dread of choosing a major.

Contains discussions around mental health, eating disorders, and sexual references.

Now an acclaimed live-action Netflix series!

This Winter

Heartstopper #4.5

by Alice Oseman

Christmas Cheer? More Like Christmas Fear.

I used to believe that tough times were preferable to dull ones, but I’ve learned my lesson…

I’m determined not to dwell on the last few months, on Charlie and me, and all the sorrow. I’ll push it all aside. Just for today.

“Happy Christmas,” I declare.

For Tori and her brother Charlie, the festive season rarely brings joy. This year, it’s set to be more challenging than ever.

This is the second of two Solitaire spin-off novellas, originally published in 2015 and re-released with captivating illustrations in 2020.

Heartstopper: Volume 4

Heartstopper #4

by Alice Oseman

Love blossoms amidst life’s chaos.

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. This bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel explores life, love, and everything in between. Welcome to the fourth volume of HEARTSTOPPER, perfect for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne, and Love, Simon.

Charlie never imagined Nick could reciprocate his feelings, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s gearing up to utter those three magical words: I love you.

Nick shares the sentiment, but he’s preoccupied—coming out to his dad and worrying about Charlie’s potential eating disorder.

As summer fades into autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick embark on a journey to understand the true meaning of love.

Heartstopper delves into love, friendship, loyalty, and mental health. It captures the myriad small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives, weaving them into a larger narrative that resonates with us all.

This is the fourth volume of Heartstopper, now optioned for television by See-Saw Films.

Heartstopper Colouring Book

by Alice Oseman

Dive into love, friendship, and creativity.

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love.

This exquisite coloring book captures the essence of Heartstopper, featuring beloved characters and iconic scenes such as Nick and Charlie’s first kiss and their adventure in Paris. Enjoy guest appearances from Nellie, Tao and Ellie, Tara and Darcy, and many more! With empty speech bubbles inviting your creative touch and an entire Tara/Darcy mini-comic ready for coloring, this book offers something special for everyone.

Celebrate the magic of love and friendship while immersing yourself in the Heartstopper world in a wonderfully interactive way.

Heartstopper: Volume 3

Heartstopper #3

by Alice Oseman

Love grows stronger, but so do the challenges.

Charlie never imagined Nick could reciprocate his feelings, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Nick has even found the courage to come out to his mum.

However, coming out is a continuous journey—there’s Nick’s older brother, a school trip to Paris, and countless other friends and family members to navigate. Life can be tough, even with someone who loves you by your side. As their feelings deepen, Charlie and Nick will need each other more than ever.

Authored by Alice Oseman, winner of the YA Book Prize, Heartstopper delves into love, friendship, loyalty, and mental illness. It captures the myriad small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives, weaving them into a larger narrative that resonates with us all.

Heartstopper: Volume 2

Heartstopper #2

by Alice Oseman

Best friends, heart whispers, and unexpected love twists.

Nick and Charlie share an unbreakable bond. Nick is fully aware that Charlie is gay, while Charlie is equally convinced that Nick isn’t.

Yet, love has a knack for flipping the script, and Nick finds himself on a journey of self-discovery, learning more about his friends, his family, and himself than he ever expected.

Authored by Alice Oseman, a celebrated YA Book Prize laureate, Heartstopper delves into themes of friendship, loyalty, and mental health. It beautifully weaves the myriad small tales of Nick and Charlie’s lives into a larger narrative that resonates universally.

This is the second volume of Heartstopper, now celebrated as a critically acclaimed live-action Netflix series.

Heartstopper: Volume 1

Heartstopper #1

by Alice Oseman

A classroom seating chart sparks an unexpected romance.

Charlie and Nick attend the same school but have never crossed paths … until fate places them side by side. They swiftly forge a friendship, and Charlie finds himself falling for Nick, though he doubts he stands a chance.

However, love has a way of defying expectations, and Nick’s interest in Charlie runs deeper than either of them anticipated.

Penned by Alice Oseman, winner of the YA Book Prize, Heartstopper explores love, friendship, loyalty, and mental health. It intricately weaves the small, poignant moments of Nick and Charlie’s lives into a grander narrative that resonates with everyone.

Loveless

by Alice Oseman

Searching for love but finding herself.

The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?

Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush—but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic, she’s certain her person is out there.

As she embarks on her university journey with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a brand-new town far from home, Georgia is determined to find romance. With her outgoing roommate and a spot in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ seems within reach.

But when her quest for romance causes chaos among her friends, Georgia finds herself in her own comedy of errors. She starts to wonder why love comes so easily to others but not to her. Encountering new terms like asexual and aromantic, Georgia becomes more confused about her feelings than ever.

Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been searching for the wrong thing all along?

In this wise, warm, and witty tale of identity and self-acceptance, Alice Oseman shines as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t confined to romance.

I Was Born for This

by Alice Oseman

When fandom and fame collide, reality hits hard.

For Angel Rahimi, life revolves around one thing: The Ark—a pop-rock trio of teenage boys currently conquering the world. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything: friendships, dreams, and a sense of belonging.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes his entire world to The Ark, too. As the band’s frontman, playing in a band has been his lifelong dream. Unfortunately, recently, his dream life has started to feel like a nightmare.

That’s the trouble with dreams—eventually, reality crashes in with a wake-up call. When Angel and Jimmy find themselves unexpectedly thrown together, they will discover just how strange and surprising it can be to face reality head-on.

Radio Silence

by Alice Oseman

When the façade crumbles, the true self emerges.

What if everything you thought you were was a lie?

Frances has always been a relentless study machine with a singular goal: an elite university. Nothing can derail her—not friends, not a guilty secret, not even her true self.

But then Frances meets Aled, the introverted genius behind her favorite podcast, and her world expands. He opens the door to the Real Frances, allowing her to experience genuine friendship and the freedom to be herself. However, when the podcast goes viral, the delicate trust between them shatters.

Torn between her past self and her true desires, Frances’s dreams come crashing down. Overwhelmed with guilt, she realizes she must confront her past…

She has to reveal why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile, at university, Aled is isolated, battling even darker secrets.

Only by facing their fears can they overcome them. And only by embracing their true selves can they find happiness.

Frances will need every ounce of courage she possesses…

Solitaire

by Alice Oseman

Not your typical love story—meet Victoria Spring.

My name is Victoria Spring. Sleeping and blogging are my top skills. Last year, before all the drama with Charlie, before the looming dread of A-Levels and university applications, and before I had to accept that eventually, I’d have to interact with people, I had friends. Life was different then, but that’s ancient history now.

Now, there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I have no clue what Solitaire’s game is, and Michael Holden? He doesn’t matter to me.

Not one bit.


Amanda DeWitt

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Working in a public library by day and writing books at all hours, Amanda DeWitt is always surrounded by books. When she’s not writing, she enjoys drawing, Dungeons & Dragon-ing, and also writing, just not whatever it is she really should be writing. When she is writing, she’s always looking to try something new—but anything funny is a good bet. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.

Amanda lives in Clearwater, Florida with her two dogs, two cats, and a handful of chickens. She’s represented by Cate Hart at Harvey Klinger Literary Agency.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/amandamdewitt

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Wren Martin Ruins It All

by Amanda DeWitt

When Cupid’s Arrow Misses the Mark, Chaos Dances In

In the hallowed halls of Rapture High, where hormones collide and lockers harbor secrets, Wren Martin ascends to the lofty throne of student council president. His coronation? A technicality, perhaps, but a crown nonetheless. His mission? To dismantle the annual Valentine’s Day Dance—a glittering soirée that drains the school coffers and transforms the gymnasium into a hormonal maelstrom. And did we mention Wren is asexual? Yes, dear reader, he navigates the tempest of teenage romance with all the enthusiasm of a damp crumpet.

Enter Leo Reyes, the vice president—an infuriatingly flawless specimen of academia. With his symmetrical cheekbones and perfectly aligned chakras, Leo proposes a solution: Buddy, the clandestine app that claims to be “not a dating” platform. A sponsorship deal, they say. Wren, ever the skeptic, signs up incognito, his digital avatar sipping virtual tea while swiping left on metaphysical connections.

But lo and behold! Amidst the ones and zeros, Wren’s heart stumbles upon an enigma—an anonymous match that defies algorithms and flouts logic. Capital F-Feelings emerge like dandelions through concrete cracks. Suddenly, Wren grapples with existential questions: Can an asexual heart flutter? Is love a binary code or a cosmic glitch? And why does Leo’s aura smell faintly of lavender and algebraic equations?

As the Dance looms, Wren juggles more than sequins and streamers. His emotions pirouette, his sanity waltzes, and the gymnasium transforms into a kaleidoscope of longing. Will Leo’s perfect facade crack? Will Wren’s heart pirouette or plummet? And what if, just what if, the polka-dotted umbrella holds the answers?

“The Algorithm of Affection” is a quippy, chaotic symphony—a blend of Jane Austen wit and binary banter. So, dear reader, grab your pocket protector, adjust your bow tie, and prepare for a dance where equations collide and hearts defy logic.

Aces Wild

by Amanda DeWitt

Vegas mischief, blackjack heists, and a touch of asexual romance.

What happens in Vegas when an all-asexual online friend group attempts to break into a high-stakes gambling club? Shenanigans ensue.

Some join the chess club, others take up football, but Jack Shannon? He runs a clandestine blackjack ring in his private school’s basement. After all, what else is the son of a Las Vegas casino mogul to do?

Life takes a nosedive when Jack’s mom is nabbed for the family’s shady ties to organized crime. His sister Beth sees a golden opportunity to turn the family straight, but Jack smells a rat. Mom was sold out, and he knows the culprit—Peter Carlevaro, rival casino owner and spurned lover. Charming.

Jack concocts a scheme to unearth whatever dirt Carlevaro has on his mom, but he needs reinforcements. Enter his closest allies—the asexual support group he met through fandom forums. Now, all Jack has to do is infiltrate a high-stakes gambling club, dodge a slew of dark family secrets, and navigate the complexities of love while being asexual. Easy peasy, right?


Amanda Woody

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Amanda Woody is a queer nonbinary author based in metro-Detroit and represented by New Leaf Literary. Some of their book weaknesses include:

Uncontrollable magic
Boys who fall in love
Girls with swords
Snarky banter
Eyes that glow
Chaotic queers
Dorks to lovers
Pirates and thieves

When not writing, Amanda is probably playing their PS4, devouring fantasy books and romcoms, and drinking wine with their parents.

Follower her on Instagram: @amandawoody

Exes and Foes

by Amanda Woody

Love triangle? More like love trapeze.

When two former best friends vie for the affections of the new girl, they never imagined they’d end up falling for each other instead.

Emma has been a thorn in Caleb’s side since middle school, transforming their once-cherished friendship into a prickly rivalry by eighth grade. To him, she’s nothing more than a chaotic, unkempt, and wildly unpredictable bisexual menace. She’s made a habit of sabotaging his romantic endeavors with little more than her mischievous charm and a flair for the dramatic.

To Emma, Caleb epitomizes the World’s Largest Stick in the Mud. Uptight, painfully tidy, and a stickler for rules, he’s the kind of person her mother wishes she could emulate. So, when they both set their sights on Juliet, the intriguing new girl, Emma suggests a competition: whoever can secure a kiss from Juliet first wins, and the loser must retreat gracefully and never speak to Juliet again.

However, their scheming takes an unexpected turn when Juliet seems more interested in spending time with both of them together. Now, Emma and Caleb must navigate the challenge of whether capturing Juliet’s heart is worth the agony of enduring each other’s company—and the potential reopening of old wounds they had hoped were long healed.

They Hate Each Other

by Amanda Woody

Enemies to Lovers with a Fake Dating Twist (and Maybe a Few Fake Punches)

Jonah and Dylan are the definition of opposites attract… except they’d rather repel each other into oblivion. But a fake dating scheme throws them into a hilarious (and maybe a little heartwarming?) tailspin. Get ready for enemies-to-lovers with a side of strategic fake-fighting! Jonah Collins and Dylan Ramírez share a vocabulary reserved for their least favorite things. Jonah thinks Dylan is everything a high school stereotype should be – arrogant, entitled, the epitome of “golden boy.” Dylan, in turn, considers Jonah a loud-mouthed attention hog who couldn’t stay quiet if his life depended on it. Their friends are convinced their animosity is just a cover for burning passion – a theory that goes nuclear when Jonah and Dylan wake up inexplicably tangled in the same bed after homecoming. Mortified, they hatch a plan: fake date each other. It’s the perfect solution – a staged public breakup will show everyone they were never meant to be. But as their charade unfolds, the lines between real and pretend start to blur. Will they stick to their fake-fighting script, or will their carefully constructed dislike crumble faster than a stale cafeteria croissant? This witty and heartwarming enemies-to-lovers story by [Author Name] proves that sometimes, the most unexpected relationships bloom in the most chaotic gardens.


A.R. Capetta

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A.R. Capetta (all pronouns), the author of Echo After Echo and The Lost Coast, has lived in Austin and worked as a professional baker and holds a master of fine arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A.R. Capetta is married to author Cory McCarthy, and they live in Vermont with their young baker.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARCapetta

The Storm of Life

The Brilliant Death #2

by A.R. Capetta

A dazzling finale: love, magic, and a revolution in Vinalia.”

The sumptuous and powerful conclusion to the gender-fluid duet begun by The Brilliant Death, praised by Kirkus as “a delicious and magical intrigue too tempting not to devour” (starred review).

Teodora diSangro and Cielo, the strega she adores, are on a daring mission to save their homeland of Vinalia from a manipulative leader who seeks to turn streghe into his personal arsenal. But can a small yet formidable group of streghe overthrow a cunning dictator? And what if Teo has been targeting the wrong enemy all along?

This epic sequel to The Brilliant Death concludes the Italian-inspired fantasy duology with breathtaking twists, passionate romance, and magic that will captivate your imagination, making you yearn for the enchanting land of Vinalia to be real.

The Brilliant Death

The Brilliant Death #1

by A.R. Capetta

Turning enemies into trinkets: a mafia daughter’s magical dilemma.

For Teodora DiSangro, the daughter of a mafia don, family isn’t just destiny—it’s everything.

Teodora has spent her life concealing a peculiar talent: she magically transforms her family’s adversaries into music boxes, mirrors, and other ornate objects. In Vinalia, stregas—those who wield magic—are considered mere myths. No one believes they truly exist.

But when the Capo, the new ruler of the land, dispatches poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families, chaos ensues. Four leaders are dead, and Teo’s beloved father teeters on the brink of death. To save him, Teo must venture to the capital, not as herself but as a DiSangro son—transformed entirely into a boy.

Enter Cielo, a strega with the extraordinary ability to shift between male and female as easily as flipping a page. Together, Teo and Cielo embark on a journey to the capital. Along the way, Teo grapples with her burgeoning powers and her deepening affection for the charming and unpredictable Cielo. As she falls for Cielo, Teo realizes how much of life she has missed by suppressing her true self. But her mission remains paramount, and as they draw closer to the palace, they unearth dark secrets about the true state of their beloved country. With each revelation, Teo becomes more resolute in her quest to save her family, no matter the cost.

The Lost Coast

by A.R. Capetta

Queer witches in the redwoods: a tale of magic, mystery, and self-discovery.

The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths amidst the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.

When Danny and her mother spread out a map of the United States, she randomly picks Tempest, California. What she discovers there are the Grays: a tight-knit group of friends who use words like queer and witch as casually as others might say “hello,” though to Danny, these words feel like seismic shifts. But Danny didn’t just stumble upon the Grays by chance. They cast a spell that summoned her from across the country because she possesses something they desperately need: the ability to bring back Imogen, the most powerful member of the Grays, who vanished into the woods one fateful summer night.

Before Danny can unravel the mystery of Imogen’s disappearance, she stumbles upon a gruesome discovery—a dead boy impaled by a redwood branch. Something sinister lurks among the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, something deadly. Lush, eerie, and brimming with imagination, Amy Rose Capetta’s tale is rich with the dangers and wonders of discovery, exploring what it means to find your home, your true self, and the path ahead.

Echo After Echo

by A.R. Capetta

The stage is set for love, murder, and a touch of Greek tragedy.

Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is woefully unprepared—for Eli, the girl who makes the world shimmer; for Leopold, the director obsessed with perfection; and for the ominous specter of death lurking in the theater’s shadows.

Zara Evans has arrived at the illustrious Aurelia Theater to take on her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that shaped her understanding of love. When the visionary director Leopold Henneman demands that she promise to have no outside commitments and no distractions, Zara finds it easy to agree. However, staying focused proves challenging when a mysterious death occurs in the theater—and then another—leaving Zara to ponder whether they’re mere accidents, murders, or the manifestation of a curse that always strikes in threes.

Amidst this turmoil, Zara finds herself irresistibly drawn to Eli Vasquez, the assistant lighting director whose tattoos, spontaneous laughter, and radiant presence captivate her. Falling in love is a distraction Zara can’t afford, yet she can’t help but succumb.

In exquisitely poignant prose, A. R. Capetta weaves a spellbinding mystery and a tender love story into an inseparable whole, casting a soft glow on two girls discovering each other on a stage fraught with tragedy.


Andrew Joseph White

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Andrew Joseph White is a trans, autistic author from Virginia, where he grew up falling in love with monsters and wishing he could be one too. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 2022, and is the author of several bestselling novels about queer and disabled rage. He can be found at andrewjosephwhite.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @AJWhiteAuthor.

Compound Fracture

by Andrew Joseph White

Revenge, rebellion, and radical change: a queer Appalachian thriller.

Bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Joseph White returns with a queer Appalachian thriller that pulls no punches, crafted for teens who see the failures in our world and strive for radical change.

This gut-wrenching story follows a trans autistic teen who survives an attempted murder, only to be drawn into the generational struggle between the rural poor and their exploiters.

On the night sixteen-year-old socialist and proud West Virginian Miles Abernathy comes out as trans to his parents, he sneaks off to a party with evidence that could finally shift the balance in the blood feud plaguing Twist Creek. He carries photos proving that Sheriff Davies orchestrated the “accident” that injured his father, killed others, and thwarted their grassroots campaign to oust him.

The feud began a century ago when Miles’s great-great-grandfather, Saint Abernathy, led a miners’ rebellion, culminating in his public execution by law enforcement. Now, Miles becomes the feud’s latest casualty as the sheriff’s son, and his cronies track him through the woods and beat him nearly to death to seize the damning evidence.

In the hospital, Miles is haunted by the ghost of a soot-covered man while Sheriff Davies menacingly orders his silence. However, when Miles accidentally kills one of his attackers, he discovers allies in Twist Creek who yearn to break free from the sheriff’s tyranny. They’re willing to risk everything—are Miles and his newfound comrades ready to do the same?

A visceral, unapologetically political page-turner, Compound Fracture grips readers and doesn’t let go until the final page. It’s a story for those ready to fight for a better world, one fraught with danger, defiance, and the unyielding spirit of rebellion.

The Spirit Bares Its Teeth

by Andrew Joseph White

In a world where the dead whisper, one boy must defy destiny and uncover dark secrets.

London, 1883. The Veil between the living and dead has thinned. Violet-eyed mediums communicate with spirits under the vigilant gaze of the Royal Speaker Society. Sixteen-year-old Silas Bell, however, would rather gouge out his violet eyes than conform to being a submissive Speaker wife. Despite a decade of tutors to mask his autism, his secret surgery practice on slaughtered pigs, and his true identity as a boy, his mother insists he’ll be married by the year’s end.

After a botched attempt to flee an arranged marriage, Silas is diagnosed with Veil sickness—a mysterious malady driving violet-eyed women to madness—and is sent to Braxton’s Sanatorium and Finishing School. The institution is frigid, the instructors ruthless, and the students are destined to either become marriageable women or vanish without a trace. When the ghosts of missing students start pleading for Silas’s help, he resolves to delve into Braxton’s dark secrets and expose its corruption—as long as the school doesn’t crush him first.

In a world where the dead whisper, Silas must defy destiny and uncover the chilling truth hidden within the walls of Braxton’s Sanatorium.

Hell Followed With Us

by Andrew Joseph White

Run from the cult, embrace the monster: a post-apocalyptic fight for survival.

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is fleeing the cult that raised him—a fanatical sect responsible for unleashing Armageddon and decimating humanity. Desperate to escape their grasp, he searches for a sanctuary, not just to save himself but to keep the bioweapon they infected him with out of their clutches.

When cornered by monstrous creatures spawned from the apocalypse, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center, known as the ALC. The ALC’s leader, Nick, is a stunning, autistic sharpshooter who knows Benji’s darkest secret: the cult’s bioweapon is mutating him into a monster with the potential to annihilate humanity.

Nick offers Benji refuge among his band of resilient queer teens, provided Benji can harness his monstrous transformation to protect the ALC. Craving belonging, Benji agrees to Nick’s terms…only to discover that the enigmatic leader harbors a hidden agenda and a slew of secrets.

This fierce, queer debut novel explores embracing the monster within and wielding its power against oppression. It’s a riveting tale of survival, identity, and defiance in a post-apocalyptic world.


Auriane Desombre

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Auriane Desombre is a middle school teacher and author of I Think I Love You, The Sister Split, and I Love You S’more. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her wife, their badly behaved dog, and an ever-growing collection of houseplants (most of which are pretty well behaved).

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aurianedesombre/ 

I Think I Love You

by Auriane Desombre

When real-life romance outshines the silver screen.

A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it… and discovering that real-life romance surpasses anything on screen.

Emma is a hopeless romantic, enamored with meet-cute Netflix movies, her pet Lady Catulet, and dreaming up the ultimate Gay Rom Com for the film festival competition she and her friends are entering. If only they’d heed her whimsical ideas…

Sophia is the opposite—a pragmatic soul who thrives on boycotting 1) relationships, 2) teenage boys and their infamous body odor (reason #2347683 she’s a lesbian), and 3) Emma’s overly saccharine concepts. Starry-eyed romance? No, thanks. Sophia is convinced an artistic film with a powerful message is the ticket to winning.

Cue the drama. The movie seems destined for disaster before filming even begins… until a real-life plot twist unfolds behind the camera. As Emma and Sophia start seeing each other through a new lens, their rivalry begins to resemble an actual rom-com.

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Becky Albertalli

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Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.

Here’s To Us

What If It’s Us #2

by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera

Old Flames, New Beginnings: A Tale of Second Chances

Ben has spent his first year of college immersed in his fantasy manuscript with his writing partner Mario, who happens to be an excellent Spanish tutor and an even better kisser. Yet, he can’t shake the thoughts of Arthur, who’s back in town two years after their breakup.

Arthur has returned to New York for a coveted Broadway internship and is happily involved with his boyfriend back home. However, when he stumbles upon Ben snuggled up with someone new, he starts to question if his feelings for Ben ever truly faded.

Despite their best efforts to focus on their futures, Ben and Arthur keep crossing paths in the present. Is the universe nudging them to reconsider if they’re destined to be together?

Perhaps not—after all, it didn’t work out the first time. Perhaps yes—since the sparks are undeniably still there. Sometimes, you just have to take a leap of faith and raise a toast.

Here’s to cherishing old friends! Here’s to embracing new beginnings! Here’s to believing in second chances!

What If It’s Us

What If It’s Us #1

by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera

A Summer Romance Worth a Standing Ovation

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben, on the other hand, thinks the universe should butt out. If it were on his side, he wouldn’t be lugging a box of his ex-boyfriend’s stuff to the post office.

When Arthur and Ben meet-cute at said post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing—they do get separated. Maybe everything—they do get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date… or a second first date… or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

Love, Simon

by Becky Albertalli

When a secret email turns life into a high school musical drama.

Sixteen-year-old Simon Spier, not-so-openly gay, prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when a private email falls into the wrong hands, his secret teeters on the edge of exposure. Now, Simon, who avoids change like the plague, must navigate stepping out of his comfort zone before he’s forced out—without alienating his friends, compromising his integrity, or jeopardizing a chance at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a highly regarded writer of fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. Like these stories, his writing crosses borders and lands in our collective psyche. Poets & Writers Magazine named him one of the fifty most inspiring writers in the world. He’s been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN Center’s prestigious award for young adult fiction. Sáenz is the chair of the creative writing department of University of Texas at El Paso.

Webiste: https://www.benjaminsaenz.com/

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

Aristotle and Dante #2

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Navigating love and identity in a world that challenges their very existence.

In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a border town fell in love. Now, they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence.

Ari has spent all of high school hiding who he truly is, remaining silent and invisible. He expected his senior year to follow suit. But something within him shattered when he fell in love with Dante, and there’s no turning back. Suddenly, Ari finds himself reaching out to new friends, standing up to all kinds of bullies, and finally making his voice heard. And always, there is Dante—dreamy, witty Dante—who can irritate Ari and ignite his deepest desires all at once.

Determined to carve out a place for themselves in a world that doesn’t understand them, Ari and Dante strive to forge their own path. But when Ari faces a devastating loss, he must fight harder than ever to create a life that is authentically and joyfully his own.

The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an achingly romantic, tender tale sure to captivate fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante #1

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Two boys, worlds apart, forge a bond that defies the odds.

Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari struggles with words and is plagued by self-doubt. Dante loses himself in poetry and art. Ari is consumed by thoughts of his older brother in prison. Dante is fair-skinned. Ari has much darker features. On the surface, it seems unlikely that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique outlook on life, would be the one to break down the walls Ari has built around himself.

Yet, against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they form a profound bond that teaches them the most important truths of their lives and helps define the people they aspire to be. Facing significant hurdles, only by believing in each other—and the power of their friendship—can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Finding oneself amidst the chaos of senior year.

A warmly humane exploration of universal questions of belonging, infused with humor, from the bestselling author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

Sal used to know his place in the world: with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But as senior year unfolds, Sal finds himself throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows who he is. If Sal isn’t who he thought he was, then who is he?

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

From opposite worlds, two boys find healing through friendship.

Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove seem to inhabit different universes. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso known as “Dizzy Land,” where his brother’s descent into drugs disrupts their home. Jake, a rich West Side white boy, struggles with uncontrollable anger and feels out of place in his mother’s shallow, materialistic world. Despite their differences, Ram and Jake share a profound commonality: they are both lost boys scarred by the absence of their fathers.

As they navigate their suspicions and begin to trust each other, Ram and Jake move beyond their isolated lives, discovering their capacity to reach out beyond their wounds and their disparate neighborhoods. Their burgeoning friendship becomes a source of healing in a world rife with hurt.

The San Antonio Express-News wrote, “Benjamin Alire Sáenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation.” This sentiment is beautifully echoed in this masterfully crafted novel.


Bill Konigsberg

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Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning author of six young adult novels. “The Porcupine of Truth” won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award in 2016. “Openly Straight” won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014 and has been translated into five languages. His debut novel, “Out Of The Pocket,” won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. “The Music of What Happens,” released in 2019, received two starred reviews, and has been optioned for a film. “The Bridge,” released in 2020, received two starred reviews and was optioned for a film by Amazon. In 2018, The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) established the Bill Konigsberg Award for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion through Young Adult Literature.

Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press and ESPN.com. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.

Website: https://billkonigsberg.com/

Destination Unknown

by Bill Konigsberg

In a time of crisis, two boys find a lifeline in each other.

From Stonewall Award winner Bill Konigsberg comes a remarkable, funny, sexy, and heartbreaking story of two teen boys discovering each other in New York City at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

The first thing I noticed about C.J. Gorman was his plexiglass bra.

So begins Destination Unknown. It’s 1987 in New York City, and Micah is at a dance club, trying to fake being more out and outgoing than he really is. C.J. isn’t just out—he’s completely out there, and Micah can’t help but be both drawn to and intimidated by someone who lives so loudly and proudly.

A connection sparks. Is it friendship? Romance? Is C.J. the one with all the answers, or does Micah contribute more to their relationship than it initially seems? As their lives become increasingly entwined with the AIDS epidemic that is devastating their community, and the AIDS activism that will ultimately amplify their demands, whatever Micah and C.J. share will be tested, strained, pushed, and pulled—but it will also be a lifeline amidst the darkness, a bond shaping their futures.

In Destination Unknown, Bill Konigsberg revisits a time he knew well as a teenager to tell a powerful story of identity, connection, community, and survival.

The Bridge

by Bill Konigsberg

Two strangers, one bridge, four possible outcomes.

Two teenagers, strangers to each other, have decided to jump from the same bridge at the same time.

Aaron and Tillie don’t know each other, but they both arrive at the George Washington Bridge with the same intention: to end their lives. Aaron, a gay misfit, struggles with depression and loneliness. Tillie isn’t sure what her problem is—she just knows she’ll never be good enough.

On the bridge, there are four possible outcomes:

Aaron jumps and Tillie doesn’t.

Tillie jumps and Aaron doesn’t.

They both jump.

Neither of them jumps.

As their lives hang in the balance, Aaron and Tillie face an unpredictable moment that could change everything.

The Music of What Happens

by Bill Konigsberg

Chill meets chaos: a summer of secrets and unexpected connections.

Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay, and it’s no big deal—not to him, not to his mom, not to his friends. But he harbors a secret: an unsettling encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one he wishes he could forget.

Jordan: The polar opposite of chill. Poetry. His “wives” and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won’t like him anyway. His secret: a mother spiraling out of control, and the crushing burden of being the only one who can keep his family together.

Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky understanding of what’s truly considered locally sourced and organic. Set it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temperature regularly hits 114 degrees. And top it off with undeniable chemistry between two utter opposites.

Over the course of one transformative summer, Max and Jordan will confront their deepest fears and decide what they’re willing to risk to achieve what they desire most.

Honestly Ben

Openly Straight #2

by Bill Konigsberg

Striving for normal, but finding something more.

Ben Carver is back to normal. He’s acing his classes at the Natick School, just got elected captain of the baseball team, and has secured a major scholarship for college—provided he maintains his grades. All that nonsense with Rafe Goldberg last semester is behind him. All Ben needs to do is be a Carver, work hard, and stay focused.

Except…

There’s Hannah, the stunning girl who both attracts and distracts him. There’s his mother, whose quiet unhappiness he’s noticing for the first time. School is getting tougher, the pressure is mounting, and the scholarship is slipping from his grasp. And then there’s Rafe—funny, kind, dating someone else… and maybe the real normal that Ben truly needs.

Navigating the complexities of expectations, desires, and the search for authenticity, Ben’s journey reveals that normal might not be what he thought it was, and perhaps something more fulfilling is within reach.

Openly, Honestly

Openly Straight #1.5

by Bill Konigsberg

Winter break surprises: old flames, new truths.

Rafe Goldberg planned to spend winter break at home in Colorado, openly mourning what he almost had with Ben. He wasn’t expecting his best friend, Claire Olivia, to kidnap him. And he definitely wasn’t prepared for what she had in store to lift his spirits…

Ben Carver, on the other hand, intended to spend winter break at home in New Hampshire, not thinking about Rafe. But he wasn’t expecting to bump into his ex-girlfriend, who still has feelings for him. Nor was he prepared to find himself still attracted to her…

Openly, Honestly weaves two funny, sad, and beautiful stories that resonate with anyone who has longed for someone to truly see, understand, and love them exactly as they are.

Openly Straight

Openly Straight #1

by Bill Konigsberg

Being out, being proud, and wanting something more.

The award-winning novel about being out, being proud, and being ready for something else… now in paperback.

Rafe is your typical teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer, has won skiing prizes, and enjoys writing. And yes, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, isn’t teased, and even goes to other high schools to speak about tolerance. While that’s commendable, all Rafe really wants is to be seen as a regular guy—not just that gay guy. He wants his sexuality to be a part of him, but not the defining headline.

So, when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, Rafe decides to keep his sexuality under wraps—not so much going back into the closet as starting fresh. But his new life gets complicated when he witnesses a classmate’s emotional breakdown, encounters a teacher who challenges him to tell his story, and, most profoundly, falls in love with Ben… who isn’t even aware that such love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will resonate with both gay and straight readers as they follow Rafe’s journey of feeling different, fitting in, and discovering what it truly means to be himself.

The Porcupine of Truth

by Bill Konigsberg

An epic road trip: uncovering secrets, mending family ties, and the elusive Porcupine of Truth.

The author of Openly Straight returns with an epic road trip story involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can’t have, the grandfather he never knew, and the enigmatic Porcupine of Truth.

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom care for his dying, alcoholic father—a man he barely knows. But his summer takes an unexpected turn when he meets Aisha Stinson, a stunning girl who has run away from her troubled family, and Pastor John Logan, who has been guarding a secret about Carson’s grandfather, who vanished thirty years ago without a trace.

Together, Carson and Aisha set off on an epic road trip, seeking answers that could potentially save Carson’s father, heal his fractured family, and uncover the “Porcupine of Truth” in all of their lives.

Out of the Pocket

by Bill Konigsberg

A star quarterback’s journey: balancing identity and team loyalty.

Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of California’s most talented high school football players, knows he’s different from his teammates. They’re like brothers, but they don’t know one crucial thing: Bobby is gay. Can he still be one of the guys while being true to himself?

When a student reporter outs him against his will, Bobby faces the challenge of earning back his teammates’ trust and coming to terms with the reality that his path to success may be more public and more arduous than he ever imagined. This affecting novel delves into identity while delivering compelling sportswriting, making it a must-read for those navigating the complexities of being themselves in a high-stakes environment.

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Camryn Garret

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Camryn Garrett is an NAACP Image Award-nominated author and filmmaker. Her first novel, Full Disclosure, received rave reviews from outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, the Today Show, and The Guardian, which called it “warm, funny and thoughtfully sex-positive, an impressive debut from a writer still in her teens.” Her second novel, Off the Record, received three starred reviews. Her third novel, Friday I’m in Love, was an IndieNext Pick and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Her debut middle-grade novel, The Forgotten Summer of Seneca, will be published by Abrams in 2025. Her work has been translated into 9 languages. Camryn is also interested in filmmaking and has written and directed several short films.

You can find her on Twitter @dancingofpens, tweeting (too much) from a laptop named Stevie.

Website: https://camryngarrett.com/

Friday I’m in Love

by Camryn Garret

A coming out party like no other: embracing identity, love, and joy.

It’s too late for a Sweet Sixteen, but what if Mahalia had a Coming Out Party? A love letter to romantic comedies, sweet sixteen blowouts, Black joy, and queer pride.

Mahalia Harris has a list of desires.

She wants a grand Sweet Sixteen like her best friend Naomi. She wants the super cute new girl, Siobhan, to like her back. She wants a break from the constant worries—about money, snide remarks from white classmates, pitying looks from church ladies… all of it.

Then, inspiration strikes: What if she has a Coming Out Party instead of a Sweet Sixteen? A vibrant celebration of queerness with singing, dancing, and a rainbow cake—all on her terms.

The idea ignites her passion, and soon Mahalia is saving every penny, taking extra hours at her afterschool job, trying on dresses, and nervously flirting with Siobhan, all in preparation for the party of her dreams. But as she juggles mounting bills, unfinished schoolwork, and enough drama to make her English Lit teacher blush, Mahalia wonders if her party will be over before it even begins.

This novel is about finding yourself, falling in love, and celebrating what makes you unique.

Off the Record

by Camryn Garret

Uncovering the truth: a teen journalist’s journey in the age of #MeToo.

The behind-the-scenes access of Almost Famous meets the searing revelations of #MeToo in this gripping story of a teen journalist who uncovers the scandal of the decade.

Ever since seventeen-year-old Josie Wright can remember, writing has been her anchor, the one thing that keeps her grounded when everything else feels like a garbage fire. So, when she wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she’s equal parts excited and terrified—but ready. She’s got this.

Soon, Josie is jetting off on a multi-city tour, mingling with glittering celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists. She even finds herself falling for the subject of her profile, the dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet. As her world expands rapidly, Josie isn’t sure if she’s flying or falling. But when a young actress confides a terrible secret, it becomes clear: Josie is in way over her head.

One woman’s account leads to another, then another. Josie wants to expose the man responsible, but she hesitates, unsure if it’s her story to tell. What if she disappoints the women who have trusted her with their stories? What if speaking out ends her writing career before it even starts? The reasons to stay silent are numerous, but if Josie doesn’t take a stand, who will?

From the author of Full Disclosure, this is a powerful testament to the #MeToo movement and all the ways women stand up for each other.

Full Disclosure

by Camryn Garret

Exposing the truth: a teen journalist’s dilemma in the age of #MeToo.

What would you sacrifice to expose the truth?

Combining the behind-the-scenes access of Almost Famous with the searing revelations of #MeToo, this is the story of a teen journalist who uncovers the scandal of the decade.

For as long as seventeen-year-old Josie Wright can remember, writing has been her identity, the anchor in a world often aflame. So, when she wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she’s equal parts thrilled and terrified—but ready. She’s got this.

Soon, Josie finds herself on a whirlwind multi-city tour, mingling with glittering celebrities, frenetic handlers, stoic producers, and eccentric stylists. She even begins to catch feelings for the subject of her profile, dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet. As her world expands rapidly, Josie doesn’t know if she’s soaring or spiraling. But when a young actress confides a terrible secret, it becomes clear: Josie is in way over her head.

One woman’s account leads to another, then another. Josie wants to expose the man responsible, but she hesitates, unsure if it’s her story to tell. What if she disappoints the women who have trusted her with their stories? What if speaking out ends her writing career before it even starts? The reasons to stay silent are numerous, but if Josie doesn’t take a stand, who will?

This gripping novel explores the high-stakes world of celebrity journalism, the complexities of uncovering the truth, and the courage it takes to stand up for what’s right.


Christopher Barzak

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Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Fantasy Award winning novel One for Sorrow which has been made into the Sundance feature film Jamie Marks is Dead. His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula Award and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. His third novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, received the Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association and most recently was selected for inclusion on the Human Rights Campaign’s list of books for libraries in LGBTQ welcoming schools. He is also the author of three short story collections: Birds and Birthdays, a collection of surrealist fantasy stories, Before and Afterlives, a collection of supernatural fantasies, which won Best Collection in the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards, and Monstrous Alterations. His most recent novel, The Gone Away Place, received the inaugural Whippoorwill Award, and was selected for the Choose to Read Ohio program by the State Library of Ohio, the Ohioana Library Association, and the Ohio Center for the Book.

Christopher grew up in rural Kinsman, Ohio, has lived in the southern California beach town of Carlsbad, and the capital of Michigan; he taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for two years. He teaches creative writing at Youngstown State University, in Youngstown, Ohio.

Website: https://christopherbarzak.com/

Wonders of the Invisible World

by Christopher Barzak

Love, family, and the ghosts of the past: a Stonewall Honor-winning tale.

Aidan Lockwood lives in a sleepy farming town where every day is as unremarkable as the last. But when Jarrod, his former best friend, suddenly returns home, Aidan’s world is irrevocably changed. He begins to see clearly for the first time—not just his feelings for Jarrod that go beyond friendship, but also a world haunted by the stories of his ancestors.

Unbidden visions from this invisible world start to appear: a great-grandfather on the battlefield, his own father encountering an unspeakable tragedy, and a mysterious young boy whose whispered words might hold the key to the curse gripping Aidan’s family.

Now, Aidan must navigate between the past and present to protect those he loves and keep the unseen world at bay. This poignant novel is a journey of self-discovery, love, and the courage to face the ghosts that haunt us.

One for Sorrow

by Christopher Barzak

A haunting tale of friendship, loss, and the journey to find hope.

Part thriller, part ghost tale, part love story, One for Sorrow is a novel as timeless as The Catcher in the Rye and as hauntingly lyrical as The Lovely Bones. Christopher Barzak’s stunning debut tells the story of a teenage boy’s coming-of-age that begins with a shocking murder and ends with a reason to hope.

Adam McCormick had just turned fifteen when the body was found in the woods. It marks the beginning of an autumn that will irrevocably change his life. Jamie Marks was a boy a lot like Adam, a boy almost no one noticed—a boy almost no one would truly miss. For the first time, Adam feels he has a purpose. Now, more than ever, Jamie needs a friend.

However, the longer Adam clings to Jamie’s ghost, the longer he keeps his friend tethered to a world where he no longer belongs, and the weaker Adam’s own connections to the living become. To find his way back, Adam must discover for himself what it truly means to be alive.

One for Sorrow is a haunting, beautifully crafted novel about friendship, loss, and the enduring power of hope.


Cory McCarthy

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CORY (previously Cori) earned degrees in poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. They have authored four acclaimed YA novels, with a middle-grade series, young adult contemporary, and nonfiction picture book forthcoming. Cory coauthored the bestselling “Once & Future,” a finalist for the New England Book Award, with their spouse A.R. Capetta.

Twitter: MxCory

Man o’ War

by Cory McCarthy

Finding identity in unexpected places: a trans swimmer’s journey.

An achingly honest and frequently hilarious coming-of-age novel about an Arab American trans swimmer fighting to keep their head above water in a landlocked Midwestern town.

River McIntyre has spent their life just down the street from Sea Planet, a failing marine life theme park in small-town Ohio. During an annual field trip, a chance encounter with a happy, healthy queer person lands River literally in the shark tank, forcing them to confront a profound truth: they don’t know who they are—only what they’ve been told to be.

This moment ignites a tumultuous journey of self-discovery, navigating through internalized homophobia and gender dysphoria peeling back layers of coming out, affirmation surgery, and discovering true freakin’ love.

River’s story is a poignant and humorous exploration of identity, resilience, and the transformative power of authenticity.

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David Levithan

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David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children’s book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

Website: http://www.davidlevithan.com/

Someday

Every Day #3

by David Levithan

A Life in Bodies, A Journey of Souls

Every day, a new body. Every day, a new life. Every day, a new choice.

For as long as A can recall, existence has meant inhabiting a different person each day, living their life until sunset. A had always believed this fate was uniquely theirs.

But A was mistaken. Others share this peculiar existence.

Already grappling with intense emotions of love and loneliness, A now faces the realization of how far these feelings can push one—and what it means to discover you’re not alone in this surreal experience.

In “Someday,” David Levithan delves deeper into the intertwined lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the enigmatic figure they might know as Reverend Poole. This story probes the profound questions raised in “Every Day” and “Another Day”: What is a soul? And what truly defines our humanity?

Another Day

Every Day #2

by David Levithan

Love, Lies, and the Search for One Perfect Day

Rhiannon’s days are a monotonous loop. She has resigned herself to the whims of her aloof, moody boyfriend, Justin, and has adopted a set of survival rules: don’t be too needy, avoid upsetting him, and never dare to hope for more.

Then, one morning, the unthinkable happens. Justin notices her, truly sees her, and they share an idyllic day—one so perfect that Justin fails to remember it the next morning. Plunged into confusion and yearning for a repeat of that magical day, Rhiannon begins to question everything she thought she knew.

Her world tilts further when a stranger reveals that the Justin who made her feel alive wasn’t Justin at all. In this captivating companion to his New York Times bestseller “Every Day,” David Levithan weaves Rhiannon’s perspective into a tale of self-discovery, revealing the extraordinary within the ordinary as she uncovers the truth behind that unforgettable day.

Every Day

Every Day #1

by David Levithan

Body-Swapping Meets Heart-Stopping Romance

A different body every day. A different life every sunrise. Yet, one unchanging love.

Without a whisper of warning, A inhabits a new person each dawn, navigating the chaos with a set of self-imposed commandments: stay detached, remain invisible, and avoid meddling.

All is well until the fateful morning A awakens as Justin and encounters Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. In an instant, A’s carefully crafted rules are rendered useless. For the first time, A has found someone worth breaking every rule for—someone to cherish not just for a day, but day after day, and beyond.

Six Earlier Days

Every Day #0.5

by David Levithan

Life in a Thousand Bodies: The Prequel

In the groundbreaking novel “Every Day,” New York Times bestselling author David Levithan introduced readers to his most audacious concept yet: A, who awakens each morning in a different body, leading a new life with each sunrise. A must remain unattached, unnoticed, and uninvolved.

The story begins on Day 5994 of A’s existence. In the digital-only collection “Six Earlier Days,” Levithan unveils snippets of the other 5993 untold days, shedding light on how A masters the intricacies of this unique existence.

While “Every Day” explores whether one can truly love someone who is perpetually changing, “Six Earlier Days” reveals the backstory of how A became this enigmatic individual.

Fans of Levithan’s works, such as “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (co-written with Rachel Cohn) and “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” (co-written with John Green), will be captivated by A’s extraordinary adventures in both “Every Day” and “Six Earlier Days.”

Two Boys Kissing

by David Levithan

Can You Last Longer Than Lunch?

In a feat of questionable judgment (and impressive lip lock), two teenage Romeos, Harry and Craig, attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest kiss. But this isn’t your high school dare gone wrong (although there’s plenty of dehydration and sleep deprivation to go around). Narrated by a chorus of gay men lost to AIDS, their epic pucker-a-thon becomes a beacon for a cast of lovelorn teens: a boy stuck in a dead-end relationship, another wrestling with his gender identity, and a whole mess of them navigating the treacherous terrain of online hookup culture. All this while our star-crossed smoochers, Harry and Craig, grapple with their own rekindled feelings amidst the public spectacle. It’s a hilarious and poignant exploration of first love, second chances, and the enduring legacy of those we’ve lost. So, grab some water (and maybe some lip balm), and dive into this unforgettable tale!

Love Is the Higher Law

by David Levithan

Before and After: Lives Rewritten by September 11

The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are irrevocably changed on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, must reach her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to frantic calls from his parents in Korea, desperate to know he’s safe. Peter, Claire’s classmate, struggles to return to school amidst the unfolding chaos.

These three teens find their lives intertwining, reshaped by this catastrophic event. As they get to know one another, their shared moments weave together, fostering new understandings, friendships, and a deeper awareness of the world and the people around them.

In this poignant novel, David Levithan explores loss and grief, but also hope and redemption, as his characters learn to move forward, forever changed yet finding ways to rebuild their lives.

How They Met, and Other Stories

by David Levithan

Love in Every Form: A Valentine’s Day Treat

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, David Levithan presents a delightful confection sure to captivate fans of “Boy Meets Boy.” Within these 18 stories, Levithan explores the multifaceted nature of love in all its forms. From the yearning for the one you desire, to the courage of standing up and speaking out for the one you cherish, to the pure, unadulterated joy and happiness love can bring, these tales encompass the full spectrum of this powerful emotion that has, at some point, turned each of us inside out and upside down.

What is love? In this original story collection, David Levithan eloquently demonstrates that love is a many-splendored thing—varied, complex, addictive, and utterly wonderful.

Boy Meets Boy

by David Levithan

Love, Harley Riders, and the Art of Dancing Straight

Meet Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: where cheerleaders roar in on Harleys, the homecoming queen—once known as Daryl—now reigns as Infinite Darlene and doubles as the star quarterback, and the gay-straight alliance teaches the straight kids how to bust a move.

Enter Noah, the boy who seems to be Paul’s perfect match—until Paul fumbles it. Despite the school bookie’s grim 12-to-1 odds, Paul’s determined to win Noah back with a symphony of grand gestures. Meanwhile, his best friend Joni is slipping away, Tony is grappling with ultra-religious parents, and ex-boyfriend Kyle is proving hard to shake. Yet, in this delightful, chaotic world, sometimes things have to fall apart before they can come together perfectly.

A happy-meaningful romantic comedy about the pursuit of love, the heartbreak of losing it, and the courage to fight for it amidst the whirlwind of high school madness.

The Realm of Possibility

by David Levithan

One School, Twenty Voices, Infinite Stories

Welcome to a school brimming with diverse voices and endless possibilities.

Meet the girl infatuated with Holden Caulfield, and the boy striving for strength who falls for a girl convinced she must be weak. Discover the girl penning love songs for someone she can never have, and the two boys on the cusp of celebrating their first anniversary. And then, everyone else who fills the spaces in between.

In this literary mosaic, David Levithan, celebrated for his novel “Boy Meets Boy,” invites us into a world of unforgettable characters and their stories. It’s a realm where love, joy, and the narratives we weave linger long after the last page is turned.

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Elle Gonzalez Rose

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Elle Gonzalez Rose is a Writer/Producer at MTV and author from New York who’s better at writing love stories about short, queer, Boricuas than she is at writing bios. She’s produced promos for a variety of Paramount properties including RuPaul’s Drag Race, Teen Wolf, the VMAs, and the Oscar nominated documentary The Eternal Memory. Her dog thinks she’s okay. She is the author of Caught in a Bad Fauxmance, 10 Things I Hate About Prom, The Girl You Know, and Marisol Acts the Part. Elle, not the dog.

Website: https://www.ellegonzalezrose.com

Caught in a Bad Fauxmance

by Elle Gonzalez Rose

Love, Lies, and Lakeside Shenanigans

Can a fake romance survive a family feud more bitter than a Vermont maple syrup spillage? Devin’s about to find out. Devin Baez craved a peaceful winter break at Lake Andreas. That dream evaporated faster than a snowflake on a hot toddy the moment the Seo-Cookes, his nemesis next-door neighbors and reigning champions of the annual Winter Games, waltzed back into town. Desperate to dethrone these egomaniacs, Devin’s family hatches a ludicrous plan – offer up their beloved cabin as a bet. When Julian Seo-Cooke, the infuriatingly handsome son of the enemy, needs a fake boyfriend, Devin sees his chance to infiltrate the rival camp and expose their underhanded tactics. But amidst the snowball fights and whispered secrets, the line between faux-mance and real feelings blurs faster than a skier on an icy slope. Will Devin expose the Seo-Cookes’ cheating ways, or will love conquer all, even a family feud more twisted than a pretzel dipped in fondue?


Emery Lee

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Emery Lee is the award-winning author of “Meet Cute Diary,” and “Café Con Lychee,” from Quill Tree Books/HarperTeen. E’s the founder of #Transbooks365, a community hashtag made to celebrate books by and about trans people, and is a founding member of #QPOCFest, a virtual book festival celebrating books by and about QTBIPOC. Coming from a university background in creative writing, E’s gone on to write entertainment news, edit literary magazines, and work as a trade book reviewer. E’s written interactive fiction, short stories, and webcomics outside of novels. Their books have received starred reviews, been featured in ALA’s rainbow booklist, and been translated into multiple languages. Drawing inspiration from anime, pop punk music, and their own cultures and identities, e seeks to tell multi-layered stories about complex characters that challenge conventional power structures and make room for marginalized readers across fandom spaces.

Website: https://emeryleebooks.com

Café Con Lychee

by Emery Lee

When Bitter Rivalries Brew Sweet Romance

Theo Mori longs to escape. Leaving Vermont for college means freedom from working at his parents’ Asian American café and dealing with their archrivals’ hopeless son, Gabi, who’s managed to lose more soccer games than Theo can tally.

Gabi Moreno is trapped in the closet, forced to play soccer to conceal his love for dance, and iced out by Theo, the only openly gay guy at school. His only solace is his parents’ Puerto Rican bakery and his dream of taking it over after graduation.

But the opening of a new fusion café shakes up everything. Both boys see their dreams slipping away with the Moris’ café struggling and the Morenos’ bakery on the verge of being sold. Then Theo comes up with a plan: sell Instagram-worthy food at school to offset their losses. When Theo sprains his wrist, and Gabi steps in to help, they find themselves forced to cooperate. As they work together to save their parents’ businesses, new feelings begin to simmer between them. Will this unexpected partnership ignite their future dreams or set them up in flames?

Meet Cute Diary

by Emery Lee

Faking Love, Finding Truth

Imagine Felix Ever After colliding with Becky Albertalli in this swoon-worthy, heartfelt rom-com about a transgender teen whose first love turns his idea of perfect relationships upside down.

Noah Ramirez fancies himself a romance expert. After all, he runs the Meet Cute Diary, a wildly popular blog featuring trans happily ever afters. There’s just one snag—all the stories are fabrications. What began as the whimsical fantasies of a closeted trans boy has morphed into a global beacon of hope for trans readers.

When a troll exposes the Diary as fiction, Noah’s world comes crashing down. To salvage his beloved blog, Noah needs to convince his audience the stories are real—but he lacks any proof. Enter Drew, who agrees to fake-date Noah to help save the Diary. As their faux romance blossoms, Noah’s feelings start to transcend the staged relationship, making him realize that real-life love is far messier than the scripted versions on his blog.

In this charming novel by Emery Lee, Noah must decide whether to stick to his own rules for love or embrace the possibility that the most romantic endings are those that veer off script.


Emily Skrutskie

Emily Skrutskie author photo

Emily Skrutskie is six feet tall. She lives and works in Los Angeles. Skrutskie is the author of “The Abyss Surrounds Us” series, “Hullmetal Girls,” and the” Bloodright Trilogy,” starting with “Bonds of Brass.” Her latest novel, “The Salvation Gambit,” is now available.

Website: http://skrutskie.com

Vows of Empire

The Bloodright Trilogy #3

by Emily Skrutskie

Stardust and Sovereign Secrets

In the cosmic theater of intrigue, where stars collide, and empires waltz on the precipice of annihilation, two princely constellations drift apart. Gal and Ettian—once inseparable, now celestial strangers—bear the weight of secrets that could shatter galaxies.

Picture it— a military academy cloaked in shadows and whispered confidences. Gal, heir to the Umber Empire, conceals his lineage like a black hole devouring light. Ettian, his confidant, harbors a truth equally damning: he is the elusive heir to the Archon throne. Their camaraderie, once forged in clandestine corridors, now dances on the edge of cosmic collapse.

But behold—the rebellion unfurls its tattered banner. Gal’s revelation ignites the fuse: Umber’s conquests, a tapestry of blood and iron, must unravel. Ettian, bound by honor, unveils his own star-kissed secret. The Archon’s legacy courses through his veins, and salvation lies in wresting the galaxy from Umber’s greedy grasp.

Yet fate, capricious as a comet’s tail, intervenes. Gal, ensnared by Umber’s talons, becomes a pawn in their cosmic chess match. His crown awaits, a heavy burden upon his brow. Meanwhile, Ettian commands the Archon’s fleet, a constellation of defiance. Their reunion? A collision of quasars—their orbits divergent, their hearts entangled.

As war’s tempests gather, they stand astride opposing abysses. Loyalties fray like cosmic strings, and love—oh, love—hangs in the balance. For in this celestial finale, Gal and Ettian must reckon with debts unpaid: to empires, to comrades, and to the cosmic forces that conspire to keep them apart.

Will they forge a universe where princely hearts can coalesce, or will their love be but stardust scattered across the void?

Oaths of Legacy

The Bloodright Trilogy #2

by Emily Skrutskie

Love, Loyalty, and Galactic Rebellion

Torn between loyalty and love, a young prince must confront the limits of his sacrifice as he battles to crush the rebellion threatening his throne in this exhilarating sequel to Bonds of Brass.

Gal’s destiny has always been crystal clear: complete his training at the military academy, prove his worth as a royal successor, and ascend to the galactic throne. When an assassination attempt against Gal sends him and his infuriatingly captivating roommate, Ettian, on a frantic escape through the stars, Gal’s meticulously laid plans are momentarily derailed. Nevertheless, he is determined to rule the Umber Empire, and with Ettian by his side, nothing will stand in his way of returning home and quelling the insurgency threatening his family’s power.

Yet, the complexities of war—and love—are never so straightforward. During a skirmish, Gal is captured by the rebellion and faces public execution, his grand destiny seemingly at an end. To save Gal’s life, Ettian makes a shocking revelation: he is the secret heir to the fallen Archon Empire and the rightful leader of the rebellion, making him Gal’s sworn enemy. Now a political hostage in this reignited conflict, Gal must leverage his limited resources to sabotage the rebellion from within, devise an escape plan, and reclaim the empire he is destined to lead. And if that means destroying the man he thought he loved?

All the better.

Bonds of Brass

The Bloodright Trilogy #1

by Emily Skrutskie

Galactic Secrets and Star-Crossed Loyalties

A young pilot gambles everything to rescue his best friend—the man he trusts most and might just love—only to discover his friend is the secret heir to a ruthless galactic empire.

Ettian Nassun’s life was obliterated when the ruthless Umber Empire invaded. For seven years, he has painstakingly rebuilt himself under their iron-fisted rule, excelling at the Umber military academy and becoming the top pilot in his class. Even better, he’s bonded with Gal Veres—his exasperating yet irresistibly charming roommate who’s turned the academy into something resembling a home.

But when a swarm of classmates launch an assassination attempt on Gal, a shocking secret is unveiled: Gal is the heir to the very Umber Empire that shattered Ettian’s world. With a hair-raising escape from the compromised academy, Ettian saves his best friend, shaken by the revelation that Gal stands to inherit the empire that devastated his life, and that rebels are still fighting back against Umber rule. As they scramble to get Gal safely to his throne, Ettian faces a heart-wrenching dilemma. Should he protect the man who’s captured his heart and hope Gal’s innate goodness can reform the empire? Or should he join the burgeoning rebellion and fight to reclaim their stolen futures?

It’s a high-stakes game of love and loyalty in the shadow of a brutal empire.

Hullmetal Girls

by Emily Skrutskie

From Janitor to Cyborg: A Tale of Loyalty and Rebellion

Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a deadly plague, her janitor’s salary isn’t enough to cover his treatment. Desperate, she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can endure the brutal modifications and earn a coveted spot in the Scela ranks, she might just save her brother.

Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her past. She knows she hails from the privileged sector of the Fleet, but she can’t recall why she traded her luxurious life for the existence of a cyborg soldier. If she survives the grueling training, she might uncover the truth about her lost memories.

In a unit of fresh recruits competing for top positions, Aisha’s and Key’s paths intersect, forcing them to collaborate—a tall order for girls from opposite ends of the social spectrum. Meanwhile, a rebellion brews, pitting those yearning for independence against a government fighting to keep the Fleet united.

As violence escalates and dark secrets come to light, Aisha and Key find their loyalties tested. They’ll need to set aside their differences to prevent humanity from tearing itself apart.

The Edge of the Abyss

The Abyss Surrounds Us #2

by Emily Skrutskie

Of Reckoners and Rogue Tides

Three weeks have pirouetted across the sea, their salty skirts trailing behind Cassandra Leung—a reluctant corsair, pledged to the merciless pirate-queen, Santa Elena. Her prize? Bao—the sea monster Reckoner, once shackled by her training, now unshackled by fate. The rigors of piracy etch lines upon her skin, but it’s not the ache of muscle or bone that gnaws at her soul. No, it’s the proximity to Swift—the tempest who shattered her heart, a tempest now her reluctant comrade.

Yet, the tempests are not the only squalls brewing. Beneath the moon’s conspiratorial gaze, Cas unearths a truth as treacherous as the tides: Bao is not the sole aberration. Other Reckoners, illicitly bartered to pirates, slip their chains, their rebellion a tempest of scales and fury. They surge through the NeoPacific, fangs bared, rending ships asunder, and despoiling the ocean’s delicate choreography. And Cas, the Reckoner whisperer, stands at the fulcrum of chaos.

Her dilemma? How to wield her newfound power against creatures once cradled in her empathy. The sea, capricious and vengeful, demands her allegiance. But can she brandish her blade against those she once cradled? The murky waters churn with moral quandaries, and Cas must choose: embrace the cutthroat ethos of piracy or drown in the abyssal depths of her own conscience.

The Abyss Surrounds Us

The Abyss Surrounds Us #1

by Emily Skrutskie

From Pirate Hunter to Pirate Trainer: Can Cas Survive the Switch?

Cas has fought pirates her entire life. But can she survive living among them?

For Cassandra Leung, commanding sea monsters is just the family business. Since she could walk, she’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to protect ships navigating the pirate-ridden NeoPacific. But when pirate queen Santa Elena ambushes Cas on her first solo mission and snatches her from the blood-soaked decks, Cas’s dream of becoming a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to grieve. Awaiting her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena plans to reclaim the seas with a monster of her own and needs a skilled trainer to do it. She commands Cas to raise the pup, ensure he bonds with her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to stain the sea.

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Foz Meadows

Foz Meadows author photo.

Foz Meadows is a queer fantasy author, essayist, reviewer, and poet; their work has been published in venues such as Apex Magazine, Goblin Fruit, and The Huffington Post. They are a four-time Hugo Award nominee for Best Fan Writer, which they won in 2019; they also won the 2017 Ditmar Award for Best Fan Writer, for which they are a three-time nominee. In 2017, their portal fantasy “An Accident of Stars” was a finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards. In 2018, their queer Shakespearean novella “Coral Bones” won the Norma K. Hemming Award in the short fiction category. Their most recent novel, “A Strange and Stubborn Endurance,” is a queer romantic fantasy published by Tor; the sequel, “All the Hidden Paths,” is due for release in December 2023, while another queer fantasy novella, “Finding Echoes,” is due for a late 2023 release with Neon Hemlock.

Website: http://fozmeadows.wordpress.com

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A Tyranny of Queens

Manifold Worlds #2

by Foz Meadows

Worlds Apart: A Tale of Magic, Madness, and Betrayal

Embark on another “nerve-biting and explosive” adventure between worlds in this refreshingly intersectional portal fantasy for adult readers.

Saffron Coulter has returned from the fantastical realm of Kena. Faced with the threat of psychiatric confinement, she must either erase all memories of Kena and squeeze back into the life she’s outgrown or challenge everything she’s ever known and everyone she loves.

Meanwhile, back in Kena, Gwen grows increasingly uneasy about the absence of Leoden—the kingdom’s cruel ruler—and his sinister plans for the captive worldwalkers. Elsewhere, Yena faces a showdown with the deposed Kadeja in Veksh. What are their true motives? Who can be trusted? And what chaos will ensue when Leoden finally returns?

Saffron, Gwen, and Yena must navigate treacherous paths, questioning loyalties and uncovering dark secrets, as they brace for the inevitable clash that could reshape their worlds.

An Accident of Stars

Manifold Worlds #1

by Foz Meadows

Through the Rift: A Girl, a Realm, and a Civil War

When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a rift in reality, she lands herself in Kena, a magical realm teetering on the edge of civil war.

Her destiny becomes entangled with three very different women: Zech, a quick-witted acolyte of a shrewd, powerful exile; Viya, the pampered, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose biggest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has formidable allies, notably the Vex’Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his conquest dreams.

Chased by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a clandestine order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy governed by the formidable Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but as she ventures further, she discovers a deep bond with her friends, tied by blood and magic.

Can one accidental worldwalker truly hold the key to saving Kena? Or will she perish in the attempt?

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Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera author photo.

Gabby Rivera is a Bronx-born, queer Puerto Rican author on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever.
She’s the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics, penning the solo series America about America Chavez, a portal-punching queer Latina powerhouse. Rivera’s critically acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath was called “f*cking outstanding” by Roxane Gay and was re-published in September 2019 by Penguin Random House. Currently, Gabby is the writer and creator of b.b. free, a new original comic series with BOOM! Studios. Stay tuned for her podcast joy revolution coming in 2020!
When not writing, Gabby speaks on her experiences as a queer Puerto Rican from the Bronx, an LGBTQ youth advocate, and the importance of prioritizing joy in QTPOC communities at events across the country.
Gabby makes magic on both coasts, currently residing in California. She writes for all the sweet baby queers, and her mom.

Website: http://gabbyrivera.com

Juliet Takes a Breath: The Graphic Novel

by Gabby Rivera

From the Bronx to Portland: Juliet’s Quest for Identity

A new graphic novel adaptation of the bestselling book!

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and heading to Portland, Oregon. Freshly out of the closet, she’s uncertain if her mom will ever speak to her again. But fear not, Juliet has a semi-coherent plan to uncover what it means to be Puerto Rican, lesbian, and out in the world. She’s snagged an internship with Harlowe Brisbane, her favorite feminist author, a guru on feminism, self-love, and other life-altering wisdom Juliet hopes to absorb.

There’s just one hiccup—Harlowe is white, not from the Bronx, and might not have all the answers Juliet seeks. Okay, maybe that’s more than one hiccup, but Juliet never claimed it was a flawless plan…

Critically-acclaimed writer Gabby Rivera adapts her bestselling novel with artist Celia Moscote, delivering an unforgettable queer coming-of-age story. This graphic novel delves into race, identity, and the journey to being true to your incredible self, even when the world struggles to understand.

Juliet Takes a Breath

by Gabby Rivera

From Closet to Cosmos: Juliet’s Summer of Self-Discovery

Juliet Milagros Palante, a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx, isn’t so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before jetting off to Portland, Oregon, for an internship with her favorite feminist writer—a move she hopes will be life-changing. But when her coming-out goes up in flames, she’s left wondering if her mom will ever speak to her again.

Juliet’s plan—well, more of a half-baked idea—involves working with the legendary Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate guru on feminism, women’s bodies, and all things queer. But there’s a catch: Harlowe is white, not from the Bronx, and certainly doesn’t have all the answers…

During a summer teeming with queer brown dance parties, a steamy fling with a motorcycling librarian, and deep dives into race and identity, Juliet embarks on a journey of self-discovery. She learns what it truly means to come out—to the world, to her family, and most importantly, to herself.

America #12

America #12

by Gabby Rivera

Gold Touch Gone Wild: The Sequel Strikes Back

La Légion, that most pyromaniac of squads, returns with a vengeance, torching every American ideal in their wake. America Chavez, the quintessence of determination wrapped in a superhero cape, faces the ultimate quandary: reclaim her hard-earned sanctuary or witness the extinguishment of the Chavez legacy. Amidst chaos, she grapples with the hefty trinity of legacy, family, and affection. Hold on to your hats — the adventure’s just getting fiery!

America #11

America #11

by Gabby Rivera

When Gold Fever Turns Family Gatherings Explosive

At long last, America Chavez stumbles upon the familial jackpot in the idyllic Planeta Fuertona. However, the celebration is short-lived as the Exterminatrix and her corporate cronies still have a bone to pick with our heroine. Their scheming runs deeper than the Mariana Trench. With the Midas Corporation sparking up old threats like a bad reunion, Planeta Fuertona teeters on the verge of collapse. And in a twist fit for a Greek tragedy, the biggest threat to America’s newfound paradise might just be America herself. Buckle up, it’s about to get mythically messy!

America #10

America #10

by Gabby Rivera

Never Corner a Chavez in Her Own House

Exterminatrix has really done it this time! Not content with mere supervillainy, she’s commandeered America Chavez’s abode, pilfered her pals, and flipped her friends into foes. Despite America’s upgraded arsenal of powers, the tide remains stubbornly unturned. But the golden goons of Midas Corp are about to get a crash course in the cardinal rule of combat: you don’t mess with a Fuertona, and you certainly don’t tangle with a Chavez. Watch as America aims her mightiest blow in this thrilling climax of her inaugural legacy saga. It’s showtime, and the gloves are off!

America #9

America #9

by Gabby Rivera

Campus Coup: When Academia Meets Anarchy

Exterminatrix has taken academia hostage by seizing control of Sotomayor University. What nefarious lesson plans does the domineering dean have up her sleeve for America’s alma mater? With America Chavez behind bars, it’s up to Prodigy to infiltrate and unearth her dark agenda. However, staying off the radar proves tricky, especially with X’andria, the erstwhile ally and reigning campus queen, now playing for Team Treachery. How will America chalk her way out of this educational entrapment? As the Midas Corporation’s empire balloons, the temperature on campus is set to scorching—get ready for a fiery semester!

America #8

America #8

by Gabby Rivera

Game Over? More Like Game On, Exterminatrix!

The Midas Corporation has ended its flirtation with subtlety, turning its full, glinting gaze upon America Chavez. As Exterminatrix unleashes her wrath in a no-holds-barred blitz, it’s up to America to pick up a few new tricks—and fast. Enter Grandma Madrimar, the mystical matriarch with power lessons to spare. Will America harness her burgeoning abilities swiftly enough to rescue her comrades from impending doom? The clock’s ticking, the stakes are skyrocketing, and it’s anyone’s guess how this showdown will shake out.

America #7

America #7

by Gabby Rivera

From Utopia to the Universe: America Chavez’s Untold Youth

America Chavez didn’t just step out of the Utopian Parallel; she burst forth at age six, and by sixteen, she was already throwing punches with the mightiest. But what fills the pages of her life’s chapter between these years? This isn’t just a tale of a superhero—this is American history redefined. Dive into the long-awaited story of America Chavez. It’s a journey through time, space, and the battles that shape us.

America #6

America #6

by Gabby Rivera

Childhood crushes, unexpected kisses, and a knockout punch—welcome to the chaos!

America finds herself reuniting with a childhood flame, though Magdalena’s intentions are far from romantic. Kate Bishop must act swiftly to extract America from the impending danger before Magdalena’s enigmatic bosses ensnare them both. However, with one of the Marvel Universe’s most formidable villains crashing the party, the odds are stacked against them. Sin City is gearing up for a showdown, and even a Chavez might not be able to duck this punch!

America #5

America #5

by Gabby Rivera

Team up, throw down, and hope for the best—heroes reunited!

Finally reunited, former Young Avengers Hawkeye and America Chavez join forces to confront a burgeoning menace. When a routine investigation veers wildly off course, Kate Bishop, the not-quite-legal but wholly legitimate private eye, summons the one ally she trusts implicitly. Yet, as the stakes escalate, Kate must grapple with the question: is this challenge too colossal to punch their way out of?

America #4

America #4

by Gabby Rivera

Fools rush in—heroes scramble out!

When a nemesis she believed defeated reappears, America Chavez must confront the harsh truth: she miscalculated. The repercussions of her blunders may be dire, affecting not just her, but also her loved ones. One thing is clear: she’ll need backup. Luckily, she’s the leader of the Ultimates! …They’re around, right? Hello? Meanwhile, as America battles on, the shadowy figure orchestrating those time-travel snafus seizes the moment. Who is Madrimar, and what are her intentions towards America?

America #3

America #3

by Gabby Rivera

Welcome to the X-Men, America—survival is not guaranteed!

Lisa Halloran’s fate rests precariously with America Chavez’s die-hard fans, who don’t handle rejection well. To rescue her girlfriend, America must fight her way in, but a miscalculated leap leaves her stranded in the past. Can the X-Men of that era, led by Storm, assist her in finding a way back, or are they preoccupied with defending a world that despises them? But that’s merely the surface sparkle. Who is the mysterious figure shadowing America’s every move?

America #2

America #2

by Gabby Rivera

College homework meets superhero chaos—just another day for America Chavez!

America Chavez’s inaugural semester at college kicks off with a bang—literally! Her first assignment? A field trip to the battlefronts of World War II. While most freshmen would be daunted, America isn’t your typical student; she’s a dimension-hopping hero with Captain America by her side! But as she tackles historical warfare, unforeseen consequences from an Ultimates mission start to unravel, threatening not just her life, but the entire Marvel Universe!

America #1

America #1

by Gabby Rivera

America Chavez is here to school you—literally and figuratively!

Finally, the no-nonsense powerhouse America Chavez stars in her own series! Crafted by acclaimed YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath) and illustrated by the illustrious Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck), Marvel Comics’ new America series thrusts her into the solo spotlight with high-octane, hard-hitting adventures. Always undeniably awesome, America Chavez now officially reigns as the Ultimates’ leader, solidifying her status as the Marvel Universe’s ultimate butt-kicker! But even while leading a superhero team and vanquishing villains, there’s little room for personal growth. So what’s a super-powered teen to do in search of fulfillment? She goes to college!


Gabe Cole Novoa

Gabe Cole Novoa (he/him) is a Latinx transmasculine, award-winning, New York Times Bestselling author who writes speculative fiction featuring marginalized characters grappling with identity.

Now leveled up with an MFA in Writing for Children, when he isn’t answering emails at his day job, or buried under his two cats, you’ll likely find him knitting or crocheting something cute.

Gabe is the author of The Wicked BargainMost Ardently: A Pride & Prejudice RetellingThe Diablo’s Curse, and the Beyond the Red trilogy, written under a former pseudonym. You can find him across a variety of social media sites at @thegabecole.

Website: https://www.gabecolenovoa.com/

The Diablo’s Curse

by Gabe Cole Novoa

A demon, a cursed boy, and a deadly island—race against time for a chance at humanity!

From the author of The Wicked Bargain comes a thrilling tale of a high-stakes quest to break a deadly curse. Meet Dami, a demon desperate to sever every pact they’ve made, tethering their soul to Earth and reclaiming their humanity. Standing in their way is Silas, an irresistibly stubborn boy cursed to die young—his life sustained only by his deal with Dami. To cancel the deal means Silas’s death. Unless… they can obliterate the curse haunting Silas’s family for generations.

Forced into an uneasy alliance, Dami and Silas must navigate the perilous task of dismantling the curse, all while contending with the murderous island determined to bury them both. Time is ticking, and survival is anything but certain.

Most Ardently

by Gabe Cole Novoa

A daring love story that redefines Austen’s classic—Pride and Prejudice reimagined!

In this poignant young-adult reinterpretation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, part of the Remixed Classics series, a trans boy seeks a future where he can live and love openly.

London, 1812. Oliver Bennet is suffocated—not only by the endless corsets, petticoats, and skirts he’s compelled to wear but also by the crushing societal expectations. Everyone, including his family and friends, believes Oliver is a girl named Elizabeth. He’s expected to attend balls in frilly dresses, entertain suitors, and ultimately become someone’s wife.

But Oliver recoils at such a destiny. His brief escapes from home, dressed as the young gentleman he truly is, offer rare solace. During one such adventure, he meets Darcy, the brooding young man who had been curt to “Elizabeth” at a recent event. Away from prying eyes, Oliver discovers that Darcy is actually kind, intelligent, and undeniably attractive.

As Oliver revels in more moments as his authentic self, especially with Darcy, he begins to hope that a life of love and authenticity is possible. Yet, as suitors become increasingly persistent and his mother more desperate to secure his engagement, Oliver faces a monumental choice: conform to a life of safety and deception or risk everything for a slim chance at freedom, love, and living as his true self.

The Wicked Bargain

by Gabe Cole Novoa

Sail into adventure with Mar as they face off against el Diablo in a fiery quest for redemption and revolution on the high seas!

In this Latinx pirate escapade, the devil truly dances in the details as we embark on a journey alongside Mar León-de la Rosa, a transmasculine nonbinary teenager with a thirst for vengeance, absolution, and upheaval.

Upon Mar’s sixteenth birthday, the sinister specter of el Diablo makes its ominous presence known. Mar, harboring a clandestine magical prowess in manipulating fire and ice, finds themselves ensnared in a dire predicament born of their father’s ill-fated pact. Now, el Diablo has come to exact his toll: the souls of Mar’s father and their entire seafaring crew.

Miraculously salvaged by the lone surviving band of pirates in the Caribbean, Mar is confronted once more by el Diablo, offering a grim ultimatum: surrender one’s soul to salvage their father’s fate before the Harvest Moon or relinquish all hope of reunion. Faced with a seemingly insurmountable task, Mar’s resolve remains unyielding, refusing to broker any deal and doubting the potency of their own magic against the devil’s machinations. Yet, amidst the tempest of uncertainty, unexpected allies emerge: Bas, a maddeningly conceited and dashing pirate, scion of the captain; and Dami, a gender-fluid demonio with motives shrouded in mystery. For Mar, this newfound alliance may signify a leap into uncharted waters of courage and self-discovery, where their arcane talents could either herald redemption or seal their fate in the abyss of oblivion.

The Rising Gold

Beyond the Red #3

by Gabe Cole Novoa (aka Ava Jae)

A half-blood ruler, a resolute queen, and a brewing rebellion—destiny awaits!

In a world teetering on the brink of collapse, Eros is thrust into a labyrinth of foreign politics as the newly crowned ruler. Desperate for guidance, he allies with a loyal prince to navigate the treacherous sands of Safara. Yet, not everyone welcomes a half-blood ascending to the planet’s most powerful throne.

Meanwhile, Queen Kora returns to power, confronting fresh challenges and a harrowing decision that endangers someone dear to her. One wrong move could unravel her relationships, jeopardize her sovereignty, and cost her life.

As rebellion simmers, with new threats encroaching and their world disintegrating, the people of Safara—both Sepharon and human—rely on Eros and Kora to heal their bleeding world. However, with centuries of animosity against them, these young monarchs may be fated to fail.

Into the Black

Beyond the Red #2

by Gabe Cole Novoa (aka Ava Jae)

A kidnapped heir, a desperate ex-queen, and a world on the brink—fight for the future!

The world ruler is dead, vital technology lies in ruins, and Safara teeters on the edge of chaos. Eros, a half-human, half-alien, is the rightful heir to the throne. However, before he can claim his place, he’s kidnapped by The Remnant, a rebellious human faction that refuses to release him unless he pledges to help overthrow the very government he’s meant to lead.

With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to prevent a scramble for power. As rival royals converge on the capital and a charismatic new contender emerges, Kora embarks on a perilous journey into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter. Their mission: to rescue Eros before it’s too late for both the future king and his kingdom.

Beyond the Red

Beyond the Red #1

by Gabe Cole Novoa (aka Ava Jae)

Betrayal, love, and survival on an alien planet—where monarchy reigns, but deceit is the true ruler.

Alien queen Kora faces a monumental challenge amid the endless crimson deserts. As the first female ruler of her territory in generations, she contends with riots and demands for her violent younger twin brother to seize the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a growing uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to solidify her rule, Kora is resolute in protecting her people from her brother’s potential tyranny.

Eros, a rebel soldier shunned by both aliens and humans for his half-blood heritage, fights fiercely for his people—until Kora’s forces decimate his camp and capture him. Given a dire choice, he must either serve as Kora’s enslaved bodyguard or face execution for a hidden truth about his identity, a secret even he does not fully know.

When Kora and Eros are falsely accused of attempting to assassinate her betrothed, they are forced to flee. Their survival hinges on surrendering to the high court, where Eros’s secret could lead to a swift and public execution. As they uncover a sinister plot to eradicate the human insurgency, Kora and Eros must find a way to collaborate and prevent genocide, even as betrayal and love intertwine their fates.


Gigi Griffis

Author photo for Gigi Griffis.

Gigi Griffis is the author of the Netflix tie-in novel The Empress and creepy YA horror The Wicked Unseen (2023), We Are The Beasts (2024),  and And The Trees Stare Back (2025), among other things. She’s a sucker for little-known histories, “unlikable” female characters, and all things Europe. After almost ten years of semi-nomadic life, she now lives in Portugal with an opinionated Yorkie-mix named Luna and a collection of very nerdy books.

Gigi’s work has been translated into 19+ languages, and she has been featured in Teen VogueNetflix TudumThe New York TimesNoble BloodSalonGay Times, and more.

Website: https://gigigriffis.com

We Are the Beasts

by Gigi Griffis

A beast, a plan, and a deadly winter—can they outsmart the terror and escape?

When a string of brutal, enigmatic deaths terrorizes the French countryside and whispers of a beast in the mountains reach the quiet hamlet of Mende, most believe it to be a divine curse—God’s retribution for their sins. But to sixteen-year-olds Joséphine and Clara, the beast represents something else: an opportunity.

For years, the girls of Mende have endured a waking nightmare—fathers who drink, brothers who punch, homes that feel like prisons. The creature’s attacks provide the perfect cover for a daring escape plan. Joséphine and Clara decide to fake their friends’ deaths and hide them away until it’s safe to flee.

However, their scheme proves more perilous than anticipated. Surviving a harsh winter with scant food, avoiding the suspicion of the villagers, and evading the beast itself are formidable challenges. If they fail, those staged deaths may very well become real.

The Wicked Unseen

by Gigi Griffis

Small Town Secrets, Big Town Trouble: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Satanic Panic

Forget polyester jumpsuits and possessed Barbies, this is a Fear Street for the modern age. Audre, a city slicker with a penchant for girls-not-pearls, finds herself thrust into a backwards town obsessed with a phantom Satanic cult. When the preacher’s daughter, Elle (Audre’s not-so-secret crush), vanishes on Halloween night, the entire town turns into a paranoid mob, fingers pointed squarely at the outsider – Audre.

Between dodging accusations of devil worship and navigating small-town homophobia, Audre decides to take matters into her own hands. As she delves deeper into the mystery, the veneer of religious fervor starts to peel away, revealing something far more sinister lurking beneath the surface. Is Elle’s disappearance connected to this supposed cult, or is there a darker truth at play?

This gripping YA novel is perfect for fans of spooky settings, small-town secrets, and the power of standing up for what’s right, even if it means being ostracized. Strap in, because Audre is about to uncover a truth more terrifying than any demon ritual – the monsters in this town wear rosaries, not robes.

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Helena Fox

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Helena Foxis an author, poet and writing mentor, living by the ocean on Dharawal Country in Wollongong, Australia. She mentors young writers and runs writing workshops to support mental health.

Helena’s debut novel, How It Feels to Float, was published in 2019 with Dial/Penguin Random House (USA) and Pan Macmillan Australia. It won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Literature and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Writing for Young Adults in Australia, and was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year in the U.S. How it Feels to Float has been translated into Dutch, German and Spanish.
Helena’s second novel, The Quiet and the Loud was published in 2023 by Dial/Penguin Random House (USA) and Pan Macmillan Australia. The novelrecently won the Ethel Turner Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. It has also been shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, an ABIA award, and the Queensland Literary Awards.
Helena’s poetry has been published in the Admissions—Voices Within Mental Health anthology and with Red Room Poetry. Helena received her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She can be found mostly on Instagram at @helenafoxoz, posting pictures of the sea and talking about kindness.

Website: https://helenafoxauthor.com/

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The Quiet and the Loud

by Helena Fox

Uncovering secrets, healing wounds, and finding love amidst the chaos—navigate the noise and discover hope.

From the award-winning author of How It Feels to Float, Helena Fox presents a deeply moving, timely novel about clinging too tightly to family secrets, healing from trauma, and the complexities of falling in love.

George’s life is cacophonous. But on the water, surrounded by the hush above and below, she finds a rare steadiness and silence. When her estranged father reaches out, needing to talk, George’s past begins to stir, wrapping around her like a vise, threatening to pull her under.

There’s no time to sink. George’s best friend, Tess, is on the brink of officially becoming a teen mom; her friend Laz is consumed with despair over the climate crisis; her gramps would be lost without her; and her moms keep the house buzzing with their constant chatter. As distant wildfires add heat and smoke to the noise, George struggles to maintain her balance.

When her father’s revelations cause memories to surge back, George turns to Calliope, the vibrant girl who has spun into her life and filled it with color. Here, in this newfound connection, George finds a fleeting sanctuary of quiet and safety. But as Tess gives birth, the earth burns hotter, and the past refuses to stay buried, George must confront everything she’s been avoiding.

In this exquisite follow-up to How It Feels to Float, Helena Fox delves into the contours of friendship, family, forgiveness, trauma, and love in our hopeless, hopeful world. She explores the power of unspoken stories and the profound healing that can emerge when we finally give voice to our deepest secrets.

How it Feels to Float

by Helena Fox

A tender, heart-wrenching journey through mental illness and grief—finding hope in the depths.

In this modern-day Bell Jar, Helena Fox introduces an extraordinary new voice in YA literature, delivering a poignant and hopeful depiction of living with mental illness and grief.

Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom, and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who recounts stories of her childhood, loves her fiercely, and shouldn’t be here but is. So, Biz keeps her secrets—her dark, runaway thoughts, kissing Grace, noticing Jasper, the new boy, and her dad. Because her dad died when she was six. Biz floats on the surface, appearing normal, okay, regular, fine.

But an incident on the beach—first in the ocean, then in the sand—untethers Biz from her precarious stability. Her dad vanishes, taking all solace with him. Floating away entirely might seem easier, better, sweeter. Or maybe she could stay a little longer, find her father, bring him back. Or perhaps—just perhaps—there’s a third way Biz can’t yet see.

In this mesmerizing debut, Helena Fox weaves a story of love, grief, family, and friendship, addressing inter-generational mental illness. She navigates the bewildering, beautiful terrains of loss and honors those who hold us close when the currents threaten to pull us under.

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Isabel Sterling

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Isabel Sterling is a master-certified life coach, the founder of The Confident Author Academy, and the host of The Author Burnout Cure podcast. An alum of Purchase College and Syracuse University, Isabel spent a decade working in higher education and LGBTQ non-profits before striking out on her own to write and coach full-time. Isabel lives with their spouse and fur babies in Central New York, where the winters are frigid, the summers are too hot, and autumn is perfect. Isabel is the author of These Witches Don’t Burn, This Coven Won’t Break, and The Coldest Touch.

Website: https://www.isabelsterling.com

The Coldest Touch

by Isabel Sterling

A cursed touch, a vampire mentor, and a deadly mystery—can they survive the danger and trust each other?

Elise Beaumont is cursed. Every touch reveals how her loved ones will die. After foreseeing her brother’s death and being powerless to prevent it, Elise is desperate to rid herself of this haunting gift, regardless of the cost.

Claire Montgomery knows death well—mostly because she’s already dead. As a vampire, Claire has been assigned by the Veil to guide Elise in mastering her rare Death Oracle powers. Though initially wary of working with a vampire, Elise’s resolve strengthens when she foresees a teacher’s imminent murder. She is determined to prevent the violent death, even if it means sacrificing her own future for Claire’s assistance.

However, Elise and Claire aren’t the only supernaturals in town. A killer prowls the streets, and Claire can’t ignore the growing attraction she feels for Elise—a romance that could derail the Veil’s mission. As their bond deepens, Elise grapples with trust issues. Can she rely on someone charged with securing her loyalty, someone capable of killing her, and who might hold the key to unraveling her brother’s mysterious death?

In this gripping tale of cursed gifts, supernatural mentors, and forbidden love, Elise and Claire must navigate treacherous alliances and deadly threats to uncover the truth and save those they care about.

Book cover for "This Coven Won't Break," by Isabel Sterling.