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"Pet" (series) by Akwaeke Emezi

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A thought-provoking and haunting novel about a creature that escapes from an artist's canvas, whose talent is sniffing out monsters in a world that claims they don't exist anymore. Perfect for fans of Akata Witch and Shadowshaper . 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 uncover the truth, and the answer to the question How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.

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Disability rep*: #MentalHealth #SelectiveMutism (character uses sign language) #Anxiety (character has frequent panic attacks & dissociation) #PhysicalDisability (character uses a wheelchair) #Blind #VisualImpairment (character loses an eye)

Publication date: #September2019 #2019year

Awards won: National Book Award Nominee, Young People's Literature (2019), Locus Award Nominee, Best Young Adult Book(2020), Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee (2021)

*Note: this is inclusive of the entire series!

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