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About the Author
C.K. Malone (they/them) is a bigender award-winning educator and literature coach at the secondary level. When not grading essays or helping students, they're busy helping design culturally and LGBTQIA+ responsive units for the district and working as a climate and culture coach. When they're not writing, they're coaching and advising through alignment with the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network. C.K. continues this work in the literary world by advocating for all to be given the space to tell their own stories. Though they love the many hats they wear, their favorite is as an advocate for diverse voices.
Alejandra Barajas has a degree in fine arts from the University of Guanajuato and found her true passion in children's book illustration. She loves all kinds of stories and believes that each one has the power to teach something new and valuable. Alejandra is almost always drawing--even in her free time--but when she's not, she can be found spending time with her family and dogs.
"Charly's joyous creativity and persistence will encourage trick-or-readers to think outside of the box this Halloween." --School Library Journal
"...Charly musters some ingenuity worthy of Project Runway. In Malone's earnest prose, there is never any doubt in this protagonist, who does whatever it takes to feel "one hundred percent Charly."" --Publishers Weekly
The detailed illustrations contrast bold reds with moody blues, depicting Charly's frustration, creativity, and ultimate joy in their search for the perfect ensemble. In the end, Charly discovers that just because they are wearing a costume doesn't mean they can't still be themselves. --Foreword Reviews
Cartoony illustrations capture Charly's determination to find the right costume, and the way wearing it ultimately makes them feel 'joyfully jazzed' and 'harmoniously hopeful.' --Horn Book Magazine
"This story about a queer kid finding their own solution to a problem--and the problem not being their identity or people's reaction to it--is upbeat and welcome." --Mombian