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Jude Saves the World

Categories: Fiction
Hardcover  Ebook  
ISBN: 9781338855876 Pages: 272 Ages: 8-12 Dimensions: 5.750" x 8.500"

About this book

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?


Praise for Jude Saves the World:

Indie Next List Pick

Indies Introduce Pick

“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

"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’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

Filled with courage and positivity, Jude is middle grade’s next Pride icon.” -- Kaliisha Cole, Whitelam Books, Reading, MA

“This is a beautiful book with amazing, brave characters who fiercely guard friendship as a safe space filled with unconditional love — and set about to make the world that way. Jude Saves the World cracked my heart open and poured joy right in.” -- Justin Colussy-Estes, Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA

Jude is the brave and loyal friend all young queer kids need.” -- Gabriella Crivilare, Prairie Fox Books, Ottawa, IL


Shortlisted, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada) 2024
Shortlisted, OLA Silver Birch Award, Fiction 2024
Commended, OLA Best Bets 2024

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