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By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Girl hunts for a monster in strange, beautiful fantasy.

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This exquisite book could be a great comfort for the kind of young reader who feels alone in facing the world's darkness. Akwaeke Emezi (Freshwater, adult fiction long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and National Book Award) decided that Pet, their debut YA novel, would depict a teen who's not yet sexual and a transgender character whose life is not tragic. Jam is accepted, supported, and loved, and gets to have an adventure. She's a regular kid, relatable to any kid who feels different. The trouble in Jam's world comes not from her identity but from the fact that the adults of her town are steeped in denial about what's going on in the world. They've forgotten that ordinary humans can be monsters. Jam partners with a supernatural creature that helps her hunt the monster in their midst and that counsels her not to be afraid.

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