Small Town Pride

Artist: Violet Tobacco
Art Director: David Curtis

“Full of warmth, hope, and joy, Phil Stamper’s middle grade debut is an absolute celebration!” —JULIE MURPHY, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’

Jake is just starting to enjoy life as his school’s first openly gay kid. While his family and friends are accepting and supportive, the same can’t be said about everyone in their small town of Barton Springs, Ohio. When Jake’s dad hangs a comically large pride flag in their front yard in an overblown show of love, the mayor begins to receive complaints. A few people are even concerned the flag will lead to something truly outlandish: a pride parade.

Except Jake doesn’t think that’s a ridiculous idea. Why can’t they hold a pride festival in Barton Springs? The problem is, Jake knows he’ll have to get approval from the town council, and the mayor won’t be on his side. And as Jake and his friends try to find a way to bring Pride to Barton Springs, it seems suspicious that the mayor’s son, Brett, suddenly wants to spend time with Jake. But someone that cute couldn’t possibly be in league with his mayoral mother, could he?

From acclaimed author Phil Stamper comes a poignant coming of age story about finding your place, using your voice, and the true meaning of pride.

“An absolute triumph!” —CLARIBEL A. ORTEGA, award-winning author of Witchlings

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