Both Can Be True
In this own-voices middle-grade novel, two kids join forces to save a dog…but wind up saving each other.
Ash is no stranger to feeling like an outcast. For someone who cycles through genders, it’s a daily struggle to feel in control of how people perceive you. Some days Ash is undoubtedly girl, but other times, 100% guy.
Daniel lacks control, too—of his emotions. He’s been told he’s overly sensitive more times than he can count. He can’t help the way he is, and he sure wishes someone would accept him for it.
So when Daniel’s big heart leads him to rescue a dog that’s about to be euthanized, he’s relieved to find Ash willing to help. The two bond over their four-legged secret. When they start catching feelings for each other, however, things go from cute to complicated. Daniel thinks Ash is all girl…what happens when he finds out there’s more to Ash’s story?
With so much on the line—truth, identity, acceptance, and the life of an adorable pup named Chewbarka—will Ash and Daniel forever feel at war with themselves because they don’t fit into the world’s binaries? Or will their friendship help them embrace the beauty of living in between?
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Cover art: Teo DuVall at Little Corvus Art
Fight + Flight
Avery's body doesn't work right. Sarah's brain won't cooperate. Can these two very different people find common ground?
Avery Hart lives for the thrill and speed of her dirt bike, the pounding thump of her drum kit, and the springy high of her trampoline. But after she’s diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a disease that affects her joints, doing what she loves puts Avery at risk for major injury—like the dirt-bike wipeout that dislocated her shoulder and resulted in surgery. Now Avery splits her time between endless physical therapy and worrying that her fun and independence are over for good.
Sarah Bell is familiar with worry. Ever since her aunt died three months ago, Sarah has been having intense panic attacks. No matter what she tries, she can’t seem to get a grip on her fear. Drawing in her journal helps, but she’s starting to wonder if she’ll be scared forever.
Just as both girls are reaching peak fear about what their futures hold, their present takes a terrifying turn when their school is seemingly attacked by gunmen. Though they later learn it was an active shooter drill, the traumatic experience bonds the girls together in a friendship that will change the way they view their perceived weaknesses—and help them find strength, and more, in each other.
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Cover art: Sherry Li