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Publisher Description


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New York Times • Time • Buzzfeed • NPRNew York Public Library • Publishers Weekly • School Library Journal

A genre-defying novel from the award-winning author NPR describes as “like [Madeline] L’Engle…glorious.” A singular book that explores themes of identity and justice. Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look?

There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question--How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

A riveting and timely young adult debut novel that asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial. 

"[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut" –The New York Times

"The word hype was invented to describe books like this." –Refinery29

152 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Ok wow. Im completely shocked by this book. why have waited so long to read it? The best part is after 50% into the book but it was amazing. I felt a lot of emotions and I couldn't put the book down. Jam, and Redemption were perfect, and PET oh PET. He is my favorite character no lie. All his reflections and guidance through Jam's journey. If IT was not there nothing would be the same. Im TOTALLY gonna read Bitter, but I want more about Jam & Redemption story🤯 4,5 (slow start take out the 0,5)”
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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Pet is a short but important read. It is a wonderful allegory to the way that humans dismiss what they do not like. It challenges it's readers to reexamine their views and it's powerful in that way.”
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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“It may have been a quick read but every page and every word was worth reading.”
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About Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi makes their young adult debut with Pet on the inaugural Make Me a World list. An honoree on the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" list, a long-list nominee for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and a short-list nominee for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, Akwaeke continues to receive accolades for their adult debut, Freshwater. The autobiographical novel also received rave reviews from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, as well as starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist. Their sophomore adult novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, is forthcoming in 2020 from Riverhead.

Learn more about Akwaeke at Akwaeke.com or on Twitter at @azemezi.

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