Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Available At: Electronic, Liberty, Mountain Ridge, Pine Creek
Categories: Cursing, LGBTQ+, Violence
Description: Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school’s bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.
YA Label?: Yes
Notes: Contains references to sexuality; alternate gender ideologies; violence, and profanity.
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Page 16: “Yadriel had spent years feeling misunderstood by everyone except for Maritza. When he had told her he was trans three years ago, she hadn’t batted an eye.”
Page 16: “It hadn’t gone nearly as well, and it was still a constant struggle to get them and the other brujx [a merging of “brujo” (warlock) and Spanish gender neutral term] to us the right pronouns and to call him by the right name. himself a real brujo.”
Page 77: “‘Oh…’ Growing up in a multigenerational household and being part of a huge Latinx community, the concept of not having any family was both foreign and distressing.”