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"Cemetery Boys" (series) by Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys cover

A trans boy determined to prove he's a brujo to his Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's paranormal YA debut.

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.

Bestowed by the ancient goddess of death, Yadriel and the gifted members of his Latinx community can see spirits: women have the power to heal bodies and souls, while men can release lost spirits to the afterlife. But Yadriel, a trans boy, has never been able to perform the tasks of the brujas—because he is a brujo.

When his cousin suddenly dies, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is not his cousin. It's Julian Diaz, the resident bad boy of his high school, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves.

Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Publication date: #September2020 #2020year

Awards won: Bram Stoker Award Nominee, Best Young Adult Novel (2020), Locus Award Nominee, Best First Novel (2021), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction and for Debut Novel (2020), Lodestar Award Nominee (2021)

*Note: Not on-page (at least for book one) but confirmed by Aiden Thomas on Twitter here!


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