Linus and Etta Could Use a Win

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A hotheaded cynic befriends the new kid—a shy trans boy—when she takes on a bet to get him elected student body president in this new middle grade contemporary novel from Caroline Huntoon, author of Skating on Mars.

After coming out as trans last year and managing the attention that came with it, Linus is more than happy to fade into the background of his new middle school.

Etta isn’t like other kids at school, and she’s proud of it. She's still reeling from a painful friendship breakup, and more than happy to burn middle-school bridges before she heads off to the local alternative high school next year.

When Etta’s over-it-all attitude sparks a challenge from her ex–best friend, Marigold, to get Linus elected student body president, Linus is thrust back into the spotlight. But what started out as a bet quickly turns into a true friendship between Linus and Etta, one that could be in jeopardy if Linus finds out the real origins of his and Etta’s connection.

Caroline Huntoon has always loved to tell stories, but it took a while for them to translate that love to writing books. After they graduated with a B.A. from Barnard College, Caroline spent three years making magic at the happiest place on earth, before moving to Michigan to become an English teacher and theater director. It wasn’t until they earned an M.A. from The Bread Loaf School of English that they finally started writing stories for young people. Now they live in Ypsilanti, Michigan with their child, Winifred. Caroline writes across genres, but their work often circles back to themes of loss, identity, friendship, and validating the messy and wonderful lives of young people

“This book felt like a cool mix of Election meets She’s All That but queerer and definitely more appropriate for a younger audience.” ―The Nerd Daily

“This bright and energetic read should prove attractive to reluctant readers. Though parts of this plot may feel familiar, Linus and Etta’s relationship is accompanied by plenty of drama from Marigold and thoughtful examinations of what friendship truly means. Huntoon caught readers’ attention with their debut, Skating on Mars (2023), and they deliver another appealing middle-school story that features exceptional trans representation.” ―Booklist

“Via alternating perspectives rendered in distinctive voices, Huntoon (Skating on Mars) thoughtfully cultivates subplots that expand upon the characters’ rich interiority…. making for a zippy and heartfelt tale of friendship and connection.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The characters’ sweet demeanors, lively dialogue, and ever-changing relationships will keep readers rooting for them until the book’s final pages. A tender story about moving through hurt and embracing uncertainty.” ―Kirkus


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