Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.
Aiden Thomas received their MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Born in Oakland, CA, Aiden currently resides in Portland, OR, where they get most of their inspiration from the lush wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. As a queer, trans Latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden is notorious among their friends for always being surprised by twist endings to books/movies and organizing their bookshelves by color. When not writing, Aiden enjoys exploring the outdoors with their dog, Ronan. Their cat, Figaro, prefers to support their indoor hobbies, like reading and drinking too much coffee. Cemetery Boys is their debut novel.
Longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's
A YALSA 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten pick This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic. I was bawling by the end of it, but not from sadness: I just felt so incredibly happy that this queer Latinx adventure will get to be read by other kids. Cemetery Boys is necessary: for trans kids, for queer kids, for those in the Latinx community who need to see themselves on the page. Don't miss this book. --Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift Aiden Thomas' debut novel can't help but charm and captivate readers of all ages, though teen readers will invariably identify with and appreciate the high jinks and emotional vulnerability that make each character and scenario deliciously enchanting. -- Booklist, starred review 'Scooby-Doo' meets 'Love, Simon' in this inclusive supernatural romance steeped in East Los Angeles Latinx culture.... Thomas injects the queer paranormal romance genre with a fresh shot of lavishly detailed Latinx culture, blending in Mayan, Mexican, Central American and South American traditions while commenting on cultural appropriation, deportation and class. Windows into the intersecting Latinx and L.G.B.T.Q. experience are plentiful here, and the opportunities for discovery and discussion are endless. -- New York Times Book Review This book is magical, tender, loving, and so so so important. I love it with all my heart. --Mason Deaver, author of I Wish You All The Best The novel perfectly balances the vibrant, energetic Latinx culture while delving into heavy topics like LGBTQ+ acceptance, deportation, colonization, and racism within authoritative establishments. --TeenVogue.com Cemetery Boys is a celebration of culture and identity that will captivate readers with its richly detailed world, earnest romance, and thrilling supernatural mystery. This delightful debut is a must-read for all paranormal romance fans. --Isabel Sterling, author of These Witches Don't Burn Thomas marries concept and execution in a romantic mystery as poignant as it is spellbinding, weaved in a mosaic of culture, acceptance, and identity, where intricately crafted characters are the pieces and love--platonic, romantic, familial, and communal--is the glue. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review Cemetery Boys is nothing short of an astonishing work of art. Aiden Thomas masterfully weaves a tale of family, friendships, and love in a heartwarming adventure full of affirmation and being your best self. -- C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick A gay, transgender brujo with burgeoning powers seeks answers about his cousin's death... Both the romance and mystery burn slow and hot until the climax... Their romance provides joyful, ground-breaking representation for gay, transgender boys. Heart-pounding. --Kirkus A story much bigger than the paper that binds it, Cemetery Boys is the tender intricacy we have all been waiting for. --Kayla Ancrum, author of The Wicker King
Speaking from experience, this is the kind of book that you read and then immediately go force all your friends to read so they can share the pleasure. --Buzzfeed A wildly memorable novel. --Paste Magical, swoonworthy, and utterly charming. --Bitch Media This one is just what your heart needs right now. --TOR.com Thomas sensitively navigates Yadriel's struggles as a trans teen, from the insecurity of not wearing his binder at night around Julian, to deadnaming by family members, to the emotional burden of constantly forgiving people who misgender him. In spite of some heavy themes, this is a pleasing ghost-story-turned-romcom ... Readers wary of tragic endings can relax--there's a well-deserved happy ending in store for this ghost boy and brujo. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Packed with eerie adventure, tingly romance, and family drama, the novel lays bare the tension between upholding tradition and reaching full self-acceptance. Cheeky, relatable characters bring humor and lightness into Thomas's debut, which also takes on themes of death, loss, abandonment, and rejection. -- Horn Book