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Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys


Book Overview: Cemetery Boys

A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's New York Times-bestselling paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as groundbreaking.

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Praise for Cemetery Boys:
Longlisted for the National Book Award

The novel perfectly balances the vibrant, energetic Latinx culture while delving into heavy topics like LGBTQ+ acceptance, deportation, colonization, and racism within authoritative establishments. --TeenVogue.com

This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic. I was bawling by the end of it, but not from sadness: I just felt so incredibly happy that this queer Latinx adventure will get to be read by other kids. Cemetery Boys is necessary: for trans kids, for queer kids, for those in the Latinx community who need to see themselves on the page. Don't miss this book. --Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift

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Aiden Thomas, a gifted and decorated author, is celebrated for masterfully blending diverse themes within the realm of young adult fiction. As a queer, trans, Latinx author based in Oakland, California, Thomas plays an instrumental role in diversifying the literary landscape and paving the way for representation in literature. With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The Evergreen State College, his adeptness in understanding human behavior and emotions is vibrantly reflected in his characters and narratives. Primarily known for his debut novel "Cemetery Boys", Thomas has gained substantial recognition and critical acclaim in a relatively short span of time. This spellbinding novel won the Goodreads Choice Award, making him the first openly transgender author to win this honor. Thomas's unique ability to craft captivating paranormal stories paralleled with elements of queer romance has not only entertained his readers but also sparked important conversations about gender and identity. Aside from his laudable accomplishment as an author, Aiden Thomas is also a fervent advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. His empowering contributions to literature provide insightful elucidation about the importance of inclusivity and representation. His engaging narratives, insightful themes, and memorable characters continue to redefine and expand the boundaries of young adult literature.


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