Every Body Looking

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$17.99  $16.73
Dutton Books for Young Readers
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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.7 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Candice Iloh is a first-generation Nigerian American writer whose books center home. They are from the Midwest by way of Washington, DC, and Brooklyn, New York. They are a proud alumna of the Rhode Island Writers Colony, and their work has earned fellowships from Lambda Literary, VONA, and Kimbilio Fiction and a residency with Hi-ARTS, where they debuted their first one-person show in 2018. Candice became a 2020 National Book Award Finalist and, in 2021, a Printz Award Honoree for their debut novel, Every Body Looking. Salt the Water is their third novel.
A Finalist for the National Book Award
A Michael L. Printz Award Honoree
One of Reader's Digest's 50 Best YA Novels of All Time

"Candice Iloh's beautifully crafted narrative about family, belonging, sexuality, and telling our deepest truths in order to be whole is at once immensely readable and ultimately healing."--Jacqueline Woodson, New York Times bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming

"An essential--and emotionally gripping and masterfully written and compulsively readable--addition to the coming-of-age canon."--Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

"I can't remember the last time I read a story that stood this effortlessly at the axis of so many slivers of young American life. To show complexity without box-checking, and empathy without melodrama, to me, makes this a story with legs, and Iloh a writer to watch." --Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Long Way Down

"This blazing coming-of-age comet will have everybody looking up."--New York Times

"Lyrical, insightful, and searing."--Teen Vogue

"[Iloh] makes a stunning debut with this brilliant coming-of-age tale."--Buffalo News

"[A portrait] of a young woman struggling with issues both universal -- wanting to be liked, to feel seen, to make a friend -- and specific to the experiences of a Black woman and child of immigrants.... [T]riumphant."--Vox

★ "
In this stunning debut for young adults, Iloh crafts succinct, beautiful poems to illustrate the difficulties of navigating the tangle of family history and obligation, the power of art to heal and express, and the strength it takes to chart an authentic, independent path."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "This book is a testament to the beauty of Black girls, their circumstances, bodies, and cultures."--Booklist, starred review

★ "Iloh uses verse beautifully...[A] captivating, sometimes heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful story."--Kirkus, starred review

"Every Body Looking is a powerful acknowledgement of what we gain when we grant ourselves permission to embrace who we are fully and completely."--BookPage

"A hopeful, beautifully written, deeply affecting story of what we endure and overcome in the journey to become ourselves."--Teen Librarian Toolbox

"Readers will be left wishing they could accompany Ada as she pursues her passion and finds her way to a genuine relationship, while left hopeful and inspired by her beautifully-told story."--SLJ

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