Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston

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Product Details

Price
$24.14
Publisher
Labyrinth Road
Publish Date
Pages
400
Dimensions
5.67 X 8.35 X 1.26 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Library Binding
EAN/UPC
9780593485781

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About the Author

After cutting their teeth on a steady diet of fan fiction in the Southwest of England, Esme Symes-Smith wandered north to Wales for their degree in literature and creative writing, then promptly migrated to Missouri after meeting their wife on Tumblr. Esme has been a ghostwriter, an editor, a frozen-yogurt seller, and a caffeine purveyor. They now wrangle preschoolers for a living and have a severe tea problem.

Reviews

2 STARRED REVIEWS!

★ "Tenacious, vulnerable, and gritty, Sir Callie is a hero that belongs on every library shelf. The writing is empowering, expertly creating an inclusive tale that affirms everyone's right to define themselves....A must-have for every library. This is an important book that will capture every reader's heart and imagination."
--SLJ, starred review

★ "In this uplifting debut, Symes-Smith skillfully crafts an emotionally rich adventure starring an intersectionally inclusive cast of courageous characters."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Everything you could possibly want from a middle grade fantasy....A love letter to found family, inclusivity and magical fairy tales [and] above all, a tale of finding your place in the world--and helping others claim theirs. Fierce, sharp-witted and unapologetically queer."
--The Nerd Daily

"Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston is fierce; transmuting beloved classic fairy-tale elements with the fiery conviction that every person deserves an authentic expression of self. Symes-Smith has forged a razor-sharp story of bravery, emotional resilience, deep honor, and adventure!'
-- Ash Van Otterloo, author of CATTYWAMPUS and A TOUCH OF RUCKUS

"This warm hug of a book is a love letter to classic fantasy novels and a joyous celebration of found families, finding your place, and making your way in the world on your terms (and with your chosen pronouns). It's thoughtful, inclusive, and an absolute joy."
-- Jamie Pacton, author of THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY and LUCKY GIRL

"A groundbreaking, magical story about fighting for who you are, Symes-Smith's debut paves the way for nonbinary characters to shine in their own adventures. Callie is a character every middle grade reader deserves to have on their shelves."
-- Nicole Melleby, author of HURRICAINE SEASON, IN THE ROLE OF BRIE HUTCHENS, and HOW TO BECOME A PLANET

"[A] nuanced exploration of identity rarely seen in tales about brave knights and fearsome dragons. Symes-Smith has created a groundbreaking story with engaging, unforgettable characters, whose personal journeys will mean the world to so many young readers."
-- A. J. Sass, author of Ana on the Edge and Ellen Outside the Lines

"[A] debut that balances lush prose with all-too relatable characters... Sir Callie is the hero I needed while growing up, and I am so grateful this story exists for kids today."
--H.E Edgmon, Author of THE WITCH KING

"Fierce, heartfelt and determined....Callie and their friends refuse to give up or stop questioning the discrimination within their society."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Young readers will find a worthy hero in Callie, who displays boundless courage in defending both their convictions and their friends...In clear and simple terms, Sir Callie assures readers that, no matter what anyone else might say, a real fairy-tale ending means finding the space and support to thrive exactly the way you are."
--Bookpage

"Full of adventure, magic, and, ultimately, love...Sir Callie will speak to any child that is exploring who they are and what strengths are hidden within their hearts."
--The Bookish Austin, Bookstagramer & Children's Bookseller