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MARCH 2016

SEVEN WAYS

WE LIE

Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—from Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage, to Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the seven unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.

Published by Abrams/Amulet

Cover design by Maria Middleton

WHAT ARE

HUMAN PEOPLE

SAYING?

Redgate writes with much insight into the complicated world of contemporary high school, revealing both its hard edges and its tender underbelly. By book's end, readers will feel like they have seven new friends.

Publishers Weekly

Redgate is certainly a writer to watch. A truthful take on the raw, messy, awkward lives of teenagers.

Booklist

Engaging and raw and real...a realistic contemporary YA delight.

—Book Riot, "The Best Books of 2016...So Far"

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MAY 2017

NOTEWORTHY

It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: she has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight.

Then the school gets a mass email. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington's elite a cappella octet. Worshiped ... revered ... all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Published by Abrams/Amulet

WHAT ARE

HUMAN PEOPLE

SAYING?

[This] bright, determined heroine possesses a singular voice that will be invaluable for new generations.

— ★ Booklist, starred review

A heart song for all readers who have ever felt like strangers in their own skins.

— ★ Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Redgate's second novel superbly probes identity, privilege and community in a humorous plot of high school growing pains. Like her visual arts students at Kensington, Redgate crafts her characters with delicate lines and strong shadows within a phase of life that is anything but gentle. Noteworthy is a five-star performance, deserving of a standing ovation.

— ★ Shelf Awareness, starred review

A Junior Library Guild Spring 2017 Selection

A New York Public Library Best Book of 2017

A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2017

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JUNE 2018

FINAL DRAFT

Laila Piedra doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, and definitely doesn’t sneak into the 21-and-over clubs on the Lower East Side. The only sort of risk Laila enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before graduation, Laila’s number one fan is replaced by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who sees nothing at all special about Laila’s writing.

A growing obsession with gaining Nazarenko’s approval—and fixing her first-ever failing grade—leads to a series of unexpected adventures. Soon Laila is discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, and the beauty of temporary flings and ambiguity. But with her sanity and happiness on the line, Laila must figure out if enduring the unendurable really is the only way to greatness.

Published by Abrams/Amulet

WHAT ARE

HUMAN PEOPLE

SAYING?

This is a gorgeous novel with diverse characters of different ethnicities and sexualities that are true to life in their messiness and earnest missteps. ... Final Draft hits every mark: A must-read.

— ★ Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Redgate's layered, perceptive third novel ... eloquently unpacks the meaning of "revision," a word that tends to make young writers — and not-so-young writers — squirm.

The Chicago Tribune

An intensely focused portrait of a girl who, through first love and first loss, begins to find the story she wants to tell. For many cautious teens, watching Laila come into her own will be a triumph.

—Booklist

Deliciously elevated by its emotional depth and Redgate’s snarky prose ... a must-have for high school libraries.

Bookpage

A Junior Library Guild Fall 2018 Selection

A Bank Street Book of the Year 2019

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