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I loved joining Nima on her journey to get over her straight girlfriend and discover her most adventurous, confident, sexy drag king self. Reading Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens was a delightful experience, full of heart and humor, with such a real sense of community that will envelop you and make you want to stay in Tanya Boteju's world forever.
Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Nima may be awkward and a little lost in life, but she’s funnier than she thinks and so endearing. You can’t help but fall for her voice and feel for her situation. While she may think life is boring and want some changes, she doesn’t quite bargain for all she gets. Filled with kings, queens, and in-betweens, this is the story of a girl searching for herself through family situations, friendships, and a possible new romance. Such a lovely story that really will captivate you and pull you in.”
— Candace Robinson, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA
“Poignant and important.” —Refinery29 “A bright and sparkly celebration of love and self-acceptance.” —Kirkus Reviews
Judy Blume meets RuPaul’s Drag Race in this funny, feel-good debut novel about a queer teen who navigates questions of identity and self-acceptance while discovering the magical world of drag.
Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town.
Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be—one that can confidently express and accept love. But she’ll have to learn to accept lost love to get there.
From debut author Tanya Boteju comes a poignant, laugh-out-loud tale of acceptance, self-expression, and the colorful worlds that await when we’re brave enough to look.
About the Author
Tanya Boteju is an English teacher and writer living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). She believes feminism, diversity, committed educators, sassy students, and hot mugs of tea will save the day. She is also grateful for her patient wife who builds her many bookshelves! Tanya may have been a drag king in her well-spent youth and knows that the queer community is full of magic and wonder. With her books, she hopes she’s brought some of that magic to those who need it most.
A Spring 2019 Indies Introduce Selection A 2020 ALA Rainbow List Selection A Summer 2019 Top Ten Kids’ Indie Next Pick Book Riot’s 2019 YA Books about Queer Girls to Look Out For Book Riot’s 25 Awesome 2019 Queer YA Books B&N Teen Blog’s 48 Best YA Books of May
“Poignant and important” —Refinery29
“A story filled with glitter, feather boas, lip-syncing and dancing, where gender identity is flexible and performance is the embodiment of joy.” —BookPage, starred review
“A bright and sparkly celebration of love and self-acceptance.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A successful presentation of the highs, lows, and midways of a teen finding her place in queer culture.” —School Library Journal
“Satisfying . . . Who doesn’t need a glamorous drag queen fairy godmother?” —Publishers Weekly