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The Taking of Jake Livingston

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The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
Hardcover $17.99
Jul 13, 2021 | ISBN 9781984812537

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Praise for The Taking of Jake Livingston:

“This book is absolutely incredible, chilling, and a must-read.” —BuzzFeed

Crucial social commentary and insight into the ways discrimination can isolate and depress young adults. Lush and emotive prose chronicles Jake’s journey…Spooky, atmospheric, and layered.”—Kirkus Reviews

★ “An exceptional blend of genres—horror, mystery, thriller and contemporary—that brilliantly captures how Jake, a Black gay teen medium, copes with the varying kinds of violence threatening him. . . Douglass creates a clever and effective parallel between what Jake can’t control—racism and how his body is perceived, a toxic father, an irresponsible brother, his mother’s expectations—and his fight against Sawyer. The story builds to a rewardingly chilling and sentimental climax, as Jake must look deep within himself for the power to break the cycles of harm entrapping him. . . An extraordinarily crafted exploration of agency during Black gay teenhood.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

“There are many layers to navigate in this fast-paced trip to and from the world of the dead, including identity, violent and sexual traumas, and the stigma of mental illness, all with a supernatural and often gory twist. . . Ultimately, this is a satisfying addition to the supernatural horror section.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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