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Cemetery Boys

By Aiden Thomas
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Publisher Description

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

525 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This is my favorite book I have ever read! I read it last summer and not another book has changed my mind. If I could rate more than 5 stars, I would.”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveUnpredictableBeautiful settingMagical settingTransphobia
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“FAVORITE BOOK EVER”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to readAddictiveBeautiful settingComicalRomanticThought-provoking
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I loved this book! was perfect. I can't believe I haven't read it before!!! You feel carried away in the story from the first chapters. The characters are lovely and complex. The action never stops, at the end of each chapter you want to learn more about the story and whats gonna happen next. The ending was perfect. I'm so happy for Yadriel 😍 Maritza is the best best friend! And Julian? my favourite! He was funny, endearing, sensitive! I will keep this book close to my heart forever 😍💗”
Characters change and growColorful personalitiesDiverse charactersBeautifully writtenFunny writingAction-packedFast-pacedEnchantingImmersive settingInspirational
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Really enjoyed this book! It was a beautiful story that shared a beautiful culture in such a unique way. A lot more action-packed towards the end and it was wrapped up nicely! I do wish the author decides to come up with a sequel one day, I just don't feel ready to let go of Yadriel Julian and Maritza just yet!”
Diverse charactersEasy to readAction-packedMagical settingLightheartedMeaningful
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I’m honestly so so happy that we read this for this month because I don’t think I would’ve picked it up on my own, but I can easily say I’m OBSESSED! I adore ever character and I could not stop routing for Julian and Yadriel hoping they could be together! It made me cry, smile and kept me intrigued, I couldn’t put its down! I can’t wait to read more from Aiden Thomas!”
Colorful personalitiesDiverse charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveEnlighteningThought-provoking

About Aiden Thomas

Aiden Thomas, author of Cemetery Boys, received their MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Born in Oakland, California, Aiden often haunted Mountain View Cemetery like a second home during their misspent youth. As a queer, trans Latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden is notorious among their friends for always being surprised by twist endings to books/movies and organizing their bookshelves by color. When not writing, Aiden enjoys exploring the outdoors with their dog, Ronan. Their cat, Figaro, prefers to support their indoor hobbies, like reading and drinking too much coffee.

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