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THE HOUSE THAT WHISPERS

Winter 2023, Little, Brown, TBD pp

Eleven-year-old Simon knows he’s trans, but no one else does. It feels like one change too many when so much else is changing for his family already: his dad’s recent job loss has left his parents arguing and struggling to pay the bills; his oldest sister Talia has decided she’d rather spend all her time with her new friend instead of her siblings; and his grandmother’s memories are starting to slip.

As excited as Simon is about his new name and pronouns, he doesn’t want to add another change for his family—he figures it’s easier to just correct them in his head for now. But when Simon, Talia, and their youngest sister Rose visit their grandmother for fall break, he finds a new matter to focus on: it seems that something, or someone, is haunting the old farmhouse his grandmother’s family has lived in for generations.

As he and his siblings explore the old rooms and dig into their family’s history, they slowly discover that the house has a lot more hiding in its walls than ghosts—things his family has left unspoken for too long.


Beth Phelan


Middle Grade


Contemporary

Family

LGBTQIA+

Mystery

Supernatural


Dramatic

Translation

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The Best Liars in Riverview

March 2022, Little, Brown/Hachette, 336 pp

In the woods of a small Kentucky town, Aubrey sets off on a journey about growing up, self-discovery, and acceptance while searching for their missing best friend—perfect for fans of KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES.

Aubrey and Joel are like two tomato vines that grew along the same crooked fence—weird, yet the same kind of weird. Then Joel disappears. Vanishes. The whole town is looking for him and Aubrey was the last person to see Joel. Aubrey can’t say much, but since lies of omission are still lies, here’s what they know for sure:

– For the last two weeks of the school year, Aubrey and Joel have been building a raft in the woods.
– The raft was supposed to be just another part of their running away game, when sixth grade and bullies like Rudy Thomas became too much.
– The raft is gone now, too.

Aubrey doesn’t know where Joel is, but they might have a hunch about where to find him.

As Aubrey, their friend Mari, and their sister Teagan search along the river, Aubrey has to fess up to who they really are, all the things they never said, and the word that Rudy Thomas used that set all this into motion.

STARRED REVIEWS

BOOKLIST – “Thompson’s debut is a heartfelt coming-of-age journey that explores identity, friendship, and learning to accept who you are, even if you don’t quite understand it yet.”

ACCOLADES

  • Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection.

NOTE: Sold at auction.


Beth Phelan


Middle Grade


Bullying

Coming-of-Age

Contemporary

Friendship

LGBTQIA+

Literary

Mystery

Realistic


Dramatic

Translation