The Names We Take


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$16.00  $14.88
Ooligan Press
Publish Date
5.3 X 8.3 X 0.6 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Debut author, Trace Kerr (she/her) is a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner who never uses an umbrella when it rains. When she's not prowling the shelves of indie bookstores in Spokane, she co-hosts the Brain Junk podcast and writes books about undaunted queer teens and magic. Trace is a former bookfair coordinator and a published short-story author. The Names We Take is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter at @teakerr or online at


The Names We Take has it all: unforgettable characters, post-apocalyptic adventure, and a queer love story. There's even a battle with a tiger! Trace Kerr is an exciting new voice in YA.

--Nora Olsen, Frenemy of the People

Unrelentingly fierce. Kerr's novel is a gut punch in all the best ways. I ached for Pip, a girl desperate to live as herself in a ravaged, unforgiving city. Her quest for safety and belonging may be set in a post-apocalyptic world, but it's 100% relatable. Forced to choose between identity and survival, love and friendship, Pip--like all of us--must decide when to fight for herself and when to stand up for someone else. Devastating and hopeful, Pip's urgency pulses off the page.

--Meagan Macvie, The Ocean in My Ears

The dynamics between the protagonist and supporting cast are what make this book such a fascinating read. It's the story of the family forged when people take a stand and fight for who they are.

--Meagan Kimberley "The Lesbrary"