The Cost of Knowing

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$18.99  $17.66
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Brittney Morris is the author of SLAY, The Cost of Knowing, and The Jump, and has written video game narrative for Insomniac Games's Marvel's Spider-Man 2 for PlayStation 5, Unknown Worlds's Subnautica: Below Zero, and Soma Games's The Lost Legends of Redwall. She is the founder and former president of the Boston University Creative Writing Club. She holds a BA in economics. You can find her online at and on Twitter or Instagram @BrittneyMMorris.
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"Heartbreaking yet so powerful, The Cost of Knowing will sit with you long after the last page." --B&

"Morris's writing is crisp and clear, her characters and story undeniably memorable." --The Nerd Daily

* "This portrait of Black boys as sensitive, vulnerable, and complex is refreshing, unfolding within a powerful and provocative narrative about brotherly love and the insidiousness of racism. Morris seamlessly and beautifully weaves together multiple plotlines (including frank talk about sex) with crisp and sometimes humorous dialogue that always rings true. A timely, poignant page-turner about grief, love, and facing your fears."--Kirkus Reviews, starred

* "Morris succeeds in blending moments of 'Black boy joy, ' superhuman abilities, intergenerational trauma, mental health (including a description of self-harm), and loss into a resonant story of fraternal love that first compels, then devastates, and will be remembered for a long time." --Publishers Weekly, starred

* "The story is important, timely, and gives representation in a novel that is about both Black joy and pain...Readers who are looking for books like Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give and Nic Stone's Dear Martin will gravitate towards this book. An important addition to every young adult collection." --School Library Journal, starred

* "In The Cost of Knowing, author Brittney Morris (Slay) gives Black boys power in a world that considers them powerless...Emotional and gripping." --BookPage, starred

"This thoughtful, character-rich novel is alternatingly joyous and heartbreaking...A great pick for fans of Nic Stone's Dear Martin (2017) or Kim Johnson's This Is My America (2020)."--Booklist

"Morris stealthily transforms a story about a teen with a nerve-wracking supernatural ability into an exploration of African and African-American history and the challenges of being Black in America." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Morris (SLAY) deftly weaves in themes of contemporary racism and the adultification that Black children often experience, with the tension between the past and uncertain future resulting in hypervigilance... But amid the gripping, suspenseful plot, the joy in the unfolding relationship between the siblings provides respite and bridges the ancestral past to a hopeful future." --The Horn Book

"The Cost of Knowing is a tense and timely portrayal of powerful Black boys growing up too soon with knowledge that the past and future are aligned against them. Morris writes the best kind of speculative fiction, the kind where reality is close enough to touch." --Lamar Giles, author of Not So Pure and Simple and Spin

"Emotional. Tense. And full of teen boy angst, Morris offers redemption and a fresh start for two brothers crushed by the world around them and at odds with each other. Pick it up for the super powers. Stay for the brotherly love and unsolved mysteries." --Gabby Rivera, author of Juliet Takes a Breath and Marvel's America

"The Cost of Knowing is taut and powerful, with a beautifully rendered sibling relationship at its heart. I was deeply moved." --Rory Power, New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls and Burn Our Bodies Down