Three senior girls in rural Alaska escape their abusive pasts by

raising their dyke flag for themselves and their community.

Crystal Rose woke up at three in the morning today, drenched in sweat and breathless after another sex dream with Haley Carson. Later at school in the tiny town of Clear, Alaska, Crystal saves Haley from an assault by her abusive boyfriend.

The two girls renew a love started years ago that had to stay hidden until now. But with Crystal’s grandparents in the hospital with Covid and the possibility of her drug addict parents returning from a 14-year absence, Crystal needs Haley as much as she needs Crystal.

They connect with Payton Reed, a gun-toting artist who helps them feel proud to be gay and willing to stand up to anyone. Together they struggle to make Crystal’s house safe for those who are hated for their love.

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First Place Pencraft Award in Young Adult Fiction

Laney’s world collapsed when she caught her dad cheating. He begged her not to tell, but she did. Her family fell apart and regret consumes her, especially when she learns every decision she makes spawns a new universe for the opposite choice.

If only she could skip sideways to the Laney who didn’t tell. But her only escape is through her imagination, until a news story blurs the lines between worlds. Two girls were murdered at the same time and same place as her father’s adulterous act.

 

Strange events lead Laney to believe their bones are connected to her and the sister she always wanted.

Laney now has another decision to make. Some Laneys say yes, while others say no; some live and some die. And some skip between worlds.

Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner: YA Thriller
Top Shelf Finalist

Hunter needs to remember. Jazz needs to forget. They need each other to heal in this teen thriller of survivor love.   

 

Hunter's past is a mystery to him, erased by a doctor at the direction of his father. But memories of the secret trauma begin to surface when Hunter sees other people's memories--visions invading his mind with stories of abuse, teen self-mutilation, rape, and forbidden sex.   

 

 His best friend Jazz has dark and disturbing memories of her own that she hides behind her sass and wit. Hunter discovers he can rescue the victims, even though he risks adding their suffering to his own.

 

Hunter and Jazz kiss each other's scars and form a bond of empathy no two teens should ever need.

First Place Pencraft Award in Young Adult Fiction

"Powerful. Original. Deeply felt and convincing."
Kirkus Reviews
Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner: YA Thriller
Literary Titan Gold Award Winner

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Sidney Reed

Payton's little sister