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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

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Acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi makes their riveting and timely young adult debut with a book that asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial. 

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?

Awards and Praise:

National Book Award Finalist
A New York Times Best Book of the Year
A Time Best Book of the Year
An NPR Favorite Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year
Stonewall Book Award Winner

“[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut. . . . Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities.” —New York Times

“Like [Madeleine] L’Engle, Akwaeke Emezi asks questions of good and evil and agency, all wrapped up in the terrifying and glorious spectacle of fantastical theology.” –NPR

“Brilliant.” –Washington Post

“This soaring novel shoots for the stars and explodes the sky with its bold brilliance.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A compelling, nuanced tale that fans of speculative horror will quickly devour.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A riveting and important read that couldn’t be more well timed to our society’s struggles with its own monsters.“ —School Library Journal, Starred Review

“A haunting and poetic work of speculative fiction.” —The Horn Book

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