- Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Award, Fiction, 2024
- Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2024
Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338855876 Hardcover
272 Pages | 5.812" x 8.540" | Ages 8 to 12
Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338855890 Ebook
272 Pages | Ages 8 to 12
Twelve-year-old Jude struggles with some things: focusing at school, feeling like everything rests on their shoulders, not being able to come out as nonbinary to their old-fashioned grandparents. But Jude doesn’t struggle with Dallas, their best friend in the whole world. Their person.
Jude and Dallas’s world changes when they learn Stevie, a girl in their class, has been ousted from the popular clique at school. Worried it had something to do with Stevie’s rumored crush on another girl, Jude reaches out to see if Stevie is okay. Stevie quickly becomes an important friend to Jude and Dallas, whose unwavering acceptance of her is a stark contrast to the tests and dysfunction she experienced with her former friend group.
As their friendship deepens and the three open up to each other, Stevie’s unconditional and open acceptance when Jude comes out to her motivates them to create a queer safe space in their community. Jude has the courage and determination it takes to create the first Diversity Club in their community, but will they be able to find the support they need to make it happen?
Advance Praise for Jude Saves the World:
“Full of fierce warmth and humor, Jude Saves the World is a life-changer. A tender, radiant debut.” — Ashley Herring Blake, author of the Stonewall Honor book Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
“Jude Saves the World is a heartwarming exploration of identity, unconditional friendship, found family, and harnessing the force of love to right the world’s wrongs.” — Jules Machias, author of Both Can Be True
“Jude Saves the World is a beautiful snapshot of a nonbinary kid’s gutsy, empathetic effort to meet the need for respect and interpersonal awareness not just for their small community, but also in the riskier, more personal microcosm of family and close friendship. Jude’s story is full of heart, queer celebration, and an intelligent tenderness so needed in today’s homes and classrooms.” — Ash Van Otterloo, author of Cattywampus
“Accessible and ultimately hopeful. Jude Saves the World feels like wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket, like a hug to every single reader who might need one. Not only is Jude a courageous kid who just wants to make their world a better, more accepting place, they are a role model for readers hoping to do the same.” — A. J. Sass, author of Ana on the Edge and Ellen Outside the Lines