Shakespeare and high school and fairies, oh my! Gorgeous illustrations bring to life the enchanted world of Arden High in this creative retelling of Twelfth Night. Gender exploration, queerness, and grief are woven in with pranks, crushes, new friends, and school dances to create a perfect snapshot of the mixed-up magic of high school. If you recently read Heartstopper and are looking for your next queer rom-com graphic novel obsession, this is the book for you.
About the Author
Molly Booth (they/she) is the author of Saving Hamlet and Nothing Happened, and a total Shakespeare nerd. Molly grew up homeschooled and earned their BA in English from Marlboro College and their MA in English from UMass Boston (studying—twist!—Shakespeare). Twelfth Night was the first play she ever directed as a drama teacher, and the production featured a wonderful cast of teen actors, including her sister as Feste the Fool, as well as a soundtrack featuring Carly Rae Jepsen and Taylor Swift. Molly lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where they spend a lot of time with their partner, family, and the rest doting on their pets. You can visit her on Instagram @MollyHortonBooth and on her website, MollyHortonBooth.com.
Stephanie Kate Strohm (she/her) is also the author of Prince in Disguise; Love à la Mode; The Date to Save; It’s Not Me, It’s You; That's Not What I Heard; and Restless Hearts (Katy Keene #1). In high school, she was voted Class Star, played Olivia in Twelfth Night, and once won a drama prize (it was not a prize for starting drama, although she could have won that, too). After graduating from Middlebury College with a degree in theater and history, she performed at several of America's least-attended outdoor summer Shakespeare theaters. She still knows all of Juliet's lines, just in case. Stephanie lives and writes in Los Angeles. You can find her online at StephanieKateStrohm.com and on Twitter and Instagram @StephKateStrohm.
Jamie Green (they/them) is a book illustrator, content creator, and alum of Ringling College of Art and Design '20. In high school, they were all about fandom culture, LGBTQIA topics, and anime/manga, which was perfect training to illustrate a romcom love triangle graphic novel (art school probably helped, too). When they aren't doing illustration for books, they can be found tattooing, lifting weights, or exploring outdoors. You can find Jamie on Instagram and Twitter @JamieMGreenArt or just Jamie Green on YouTube.
*High school pranks, youthful dialogue, and a bright color palette make for a fun and inviting comedy to dive into, and a charismatic supporting cast offers plenty of material for more Shakespearean hijinks in future volumes. —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review<br>
Twelfth Grade Night cast a spell on me! A willing combination of fantasy, fun, humor, and heart.—Faith Erin Hicks, New York Times best-selling co-creator of PUMPKINHEADS
Twelfth Grade Night is a heartfelt and expressive graphic novel with memorable characters, emotive art, and an engaging story. I loved it! —Kevin Panetta, author of BLOOM<br>
Booth and Strohm create a fun, bouncy, lively story through entertaining dialogue and high school high jinks, while Green’s illustrations get the facial expressions of teenage banter and confusion just right. This appears to be the first in what could be a popular series about joyful, mostly happy teens navigating high school with peers who are all being their true selves, be they fairies or minotaurs, bisexual or straight, trans, or cis. VERDICT Fans of Strohm’s previous novels (Love a La Mode, Prince in Disguise) and graphic novels such as Alice Oseman’s “Heartstopper” series will enjoy this title. A sound choice for any library with a strong graphic novel readership. —School Library Journal<br>