Thorndike Press


  • Akwaeke Emezi
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432877488
  • ISBN-13: 9781432877484
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .90 lbs ( .41 kgs)
  • 276 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released July 2020



A National Book Award Finalist
A Stonewall Book Award Winner
A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book
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

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?

Age Range: 12-14 | Grade Level: 7-9 | Lexile Measure: 820L


Customer Reviews

“A compelling, nuanced tale that fans of speculative horror will quickly devour. ”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“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)

“This soaring novel shoots for the stars and explodes the sky with its bold brilliance.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)