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From acclaimed author Phil Stamper (The Gravity of Us and As Far as You’ll Take Me) comes a poignant coming-of-age, contemporary middle grade debut novel about finding your place, using your voice, and the true meaning of pride. Perfect for fans of Rick by Alex Gino and The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy.

Jake is just starting to enjoy life as his school’s first openly gay kid. While his family and friends are accepting and supportive, the same can’t be said about everyone in their small town of Barton Springs, Ohio.

When Jake’s dad hangs a comically large pride flag in their front yard in an overblown show of love, the mayor begins to receive complaints. A few people are even concerned the flag will lead to something truly outlandish: a pride parade.

Except Jake doesn’t think that’s a ridiculous idea. Why can’t they hold a pride festival in Barton Springs? The problem is, Jake knows he’ll have to get approval from the town council, and the mayor won’t be on his side. And as Jake and his friends try to find a way to bring Pride to Barton Springs, it seems suspicious that the mayor’s son, Brett, suddenly wants to spend time with Jake.

But someone that cute couldn’t possibly be in league with his mayoral mother, could he?

©2022 Phil Stamper (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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100% the most wholesome queer coming of age story

honestly this is a story I wish had been around when I was growing up, its wholesome yet doesn't sugercoat or shy away from the more darker parts of being a queer kid growing up in a small town or village.
the drama was beleaveable and didn't feel like it was added in for the sake of it, ever road block Jake and his friends face felt honest and relatable.

10/10 would definitely recommend to any young person who may be questioning or just coming to terms with they're sexuality.