This Rebel Heart


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$18.99  $17.66
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.9 X 8.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Katherine Locke (they/them) is the author of The Girl with the Red Balloon, a 2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book and 2018 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book, as well as The Spy with the Red Balloon. They are the co-editor and contributor to It's A Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes and Other Jewish Stories, a contributor to Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens and Out Now: Queer We Go Again, and co-editor of This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us. They are also the author of the picture books Bedtime for Superheroes and How to Be Friends with a Dragon. They can be found online at and @bibliogato on Twitter and Instagram.


★ "Vivid, suspenseful, emotionally grounded, and heartbreaking... essential reading for lovers of historical fiction." --SLJ, starred review

★ "A breathtaking, affecting work.... The queer characters, gentle three-way romance and passionate socio-political activism in This Rebel Heart are likely to strike a recognizable chord for teens of any era." --Shelf Awareness, starred review

★ "Like Sepetys' The Fountains of Silence, this will certainly send readers to research a lesser-known resistance movement and realize that while it's easy to judge history in hindsight, it's far more difficult, but necessary, to try to make it." --The Bulletin, starred review

"With its richly drawn characters and gutting depictions of post-Holocaust trauma and antisemitism, This Rebel Heart is a grounded, often heartbreaking account of Jewish life under Russian occupation." --Polygon

"Katherine Locke isn't a household name--yet. This Rebel Heart could very well be the book to change that." --BookPage

"History and magic intertwine in a beautifully rendered Budapest.... Challenging and rewarding." --Kirkus Reviews

"Locke offers an original, moving tribute to the bravery of freedom fighters--straight and queer, Jewish and gentile--who risked their lives for their cause." --Publishers Weekly