Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper’s dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she’s never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper’s sister’s tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper’s art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power when it means giving up so much? Debut author Kayla Cagan breathes new life into fiction in this dynamic, utterly authentic work featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul. Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. What is love? What is friendship? What is family? What is home? And who is a person when she’s missing any one of these things?
Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the tightropers sent to liberate the fairies. In order to earn money and buy food, Beckan and her friends turn tricks for the gnomes—a risky proposition, as gnomes are known for eating fairies, leaving them alive yet still feeling the pain of their devoured limbs. As the fairies venture into this underworld, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships with the gnomes themselves. When Beckan meets Piccolo, a tightroper, he joins their circle and introduces them all to his vision for the future of Ferrum, and soon these teens find themselves united by a common goal. However, there is more to Piccolo and his plans than Beckan realizes, and she soon finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected.