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The Taking of Jake Livingston
By (author): Ryan Douglass
9781984812537 Hardcover English Young adult: Interest age, years 12, US school grade range 7 Jul 13, 2021
$23.99 CAD
Active 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.89 in | 0.82 lb 256 pages G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American & Black
An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

Get Out meets Holly Jackson in this YA social thriller where survival is not a guarantee.


Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But he can’t decide what’s worse: being a medium forced to watch the dead play out their last moments on a loop or being at the mercy of racist teachers as one of the few Black students at St. Clair Prep. Both are a living nightmare he wishes he could wake up from. But things at St. Clair start looking up with the arrival of another Black student—the handsome Allister—and for the first time, romance is on the horizon for Jake.



Unfortunately, life as a medium is getting worse. Though most ghosts are harmless and Jake is always happy to help them move on to the next place, Sawyer Doon wants much more from Jake. In life, Sawyer was a troubled teen who shot and killed six kids at a local high school before taking his own life. Now he’s a powerful, vengeful ghost and he has plans for Jake. Suddenly, everything Jake knows about dead world goes out the window as Sawyer begins to haunt him. High school soon becomes a different kind of survival game—one Jake is not sure he can win.

CHILLING, TIMELY GHOST STORY: This is a ghost story with social impact. Readers will be alternately scared and horrified of the supernatural elements as much as the racist, bullying, and homophobic behavior of the characters in the story.



CROSS-GENRE APPEAL: While at its core a ghost story, The Taking of Jake Livingston will also appeal to readers who enjoy thriller, horror, mysteries, and stories that question the status quo.



EXCITING DEBUT AUTHOR: This is Ryan’s debut YA novel and he is a talent. His writing is gripping, timely, and utterly unapologetic. It is impossible to read The Taking of Jake Livingston and not be impacted.

Ryan Douglass was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he currently resides, cooking pasta and playing records. He enjoys wooden-wick candles, falling asleep on airplanes, and advocating for stronger media representation for queer Black people.

Author Residence: Atlanta, GA

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Praise for The Taking of Jake Livingston:

“This book is absolutely incredible, chilling, and a must-read.” —BuzzFeed

Crucial social commentary and insight into the ways discrimination can isolate and depress young adults. Lush and emotive prose chronicles Jake’s journey…Spooky, atmospheric, and layered.”—Kirkus Reviews

★ “An exceptional blend of genres—horror, mystery, thriller and contemporary—that brilliantly captures how Jake, a Black gay teen medium, copes with the varying kinds of violence threatening him…Douglass creates a clever and effective parallel between what Jake can’t control—racism and how his body is perceived, a toxic father, an irresponsible brother, his mother’s expectations—and his fight against Sawyer. The story builds to a rewardingly chilling and sentimental climax, as Jake must look deep within himself for the power to break the cycles of harm entrapping him…An extraordinarily crafted exploration of agency during Black gay teenhood.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

“There are many layers to navigate in this fast-paced trip to and from the world of the dead, including identity, violent and sexual traumas, and the stigma of mental illness, all with a supernatural and often gory twist…Ultimately, this is a satisfying addition to the supernatural horror section.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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