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Dear Mothman by Robin Gow

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ISBN: 9781419764400
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 21st, 2023

Noah is an autistic trans boy in 6th grade who isn’t even sure he believes Mothman is real, but when he loses his best friend, he starts writing Mothman letters. And Mothman responds, in his own way… Written part in verse (poetic form) and part epistolary (letter form), Dear Mothman will make you cry, make you laugh, and if you're like me, it might make you consider reaching out to our own resident cryptid, Champ.


Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane

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ISBN: 9780063161184
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Published: William Morrow - June 7th, 2022

This book was so good that I’ve decided to accept it as my version of “canon” Ilead - trans woman Achilles, devious Helen, badass Amazons, and the richest prose I’ve read in some time. This is a masterwork of trans historical reimagination, vibrant and sensual and fantastic in all senses of the word.


Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century by Alice Wong (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781984899422
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

Containing dozens of personal stories, this is an absolute must-read for anyone looking to learn about the breadth, diversity, and history of disabled experience(s) from disabled folks themselves.


How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow

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ISBN: 9780063078727
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Published: HarperTeen - November 1st, 2022

Not even sure where to start - I loved this book for so many reasons! Lesbian romance, first year of college woes, nerdy excitement, a badass 96-year-old landlady, corgi booties… a delightfully real picture of early adulthood.


The Kindred by Alechia Dow

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ISBN: 9781335428608
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Published: Inkyard Press - January 10th, 2023

This sci-fi romance adventure was so fun! I loved Dow’s “The Sound of Stars” and this standalone sequel did not disappoint. Joy and Felix are star-crossed soulmates, aliens from different planets and social standings, but when the unthinkable happens and they launch a daring escape, they crash land on earth… in Florida! I loved everything about this and will be reading everything Dow writes from now on.


This Is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves

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ISBN: 9781534485655
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 23rd, 2022

With a funny & natural character voice, Aceves' debut had me laughing out loud, gasping, and actually yelling about some choices Quique makes. For #disasterbi teens everywhere - these characters are messy in a real and relatable way!


Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

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ISBN: 9781551527383
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 30th, 2018

A primer on disability justice, memoir, personal activism history, and love letter to disabled BIPOC femmes all at once.


Burning Girls and Other Stories by Veronica Schanoes

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ISBN: 9781250781505
Published: Tordotcom - March 2nd, 2021

This short story collection blew me away. Our protagonists, in true fairytale fashion (but perhaps better than I’ve ever seen it) are pushed by circumstance and historical context and prejudice and sometimes cruelty, into situations where they seem to have no choices left. It’s then that the fantastical elements of the stories come in. Through magic – sometimes ugly and grotesque magic and always with a cost – our characters retain their agency and fight back, even though they rarely win a happy ending.


The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

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ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

This is one of my all-time favorite comfort reads. It’s so joyful, so sweet, so full of hope and so relatable in its journey from monotony to a life full of color and love. This book is adult fantasy, but it will also appeal to younger readers (the queer romance is tender and heartwarming but has no on-page sexual content) and to fantasy-hesitant readers. It’s basically our world with bonus magical “creatures,” who despite how they’re treated by society, are just people. This is a must-read and feels like a warm hug.


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