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The dead rise, but that’s not the only thing haunting the characters as they navigate race, gender, and the weight of history in these best-selling novels.
Justina Ireland’s Deathless Divide is the sequel to the best-selling Dread Nation. Set in an America both foreign and familiar, where Jane McKeene embarks on an unforgettable journey of revenge and salvation across a divided 1880s America where she must battle both the undead enemy and her inner demons. She finds an unexpected ally in the posh Katherine as she navigates a country very literally plagued by its past.
In Cemetery Boys, longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, Aiden Thomas introduces readers to Yadriel, who becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo when his traditional Latinx family has trouble accepting his true gender. He summons a ghost, but not the specter he expected, and finds himself aligned with an unexpected spirit.
Moderated by Alicia Tate of Multnomah County Library.
PURCHASE DEATHLESS DIVIDE | CEMETERY BOYS
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Justina Ireland is the author of Dread Nation, a New York Times bestseller, an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten selection, and Paste Magazine's Best YA Novel of the Year. Her other books for children and teens include Vengeance Bound, Promise of Shadows, and the Star Wars novel Lando's Luck. Her latest book is Deathless Divide, the sequel to Dread Nation. She enjoys dark chocolate and dark humor and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Maryland.