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Answers in the Pages

Answers in the Pages

David Levithan

  • awardShortlisted, LGBTQ+ Middle Grade, Lambda Literary Awards, United States, 2023
  • Donovan is excited to read The Adventurers, the new book Mr Howe has assigned his class. But before he can dig in, his mother gets her hands on it—and she is not excited by what she reads. Soon the whole town is freaking out about whether the book’s two main characters are gay, and Donovan is caught in the middle.

    Rick and Oliver are the two main characters in The Adventurers. They’re trying to stop an evil genius from acquiring the Doomsday Code and destroying life as we know it.

    Meanwhile, Gideon and Roberto have been paired up on their own book project, which draws them closer and closer together…

    With Answers in the Pages, bestselling author David Levithan delivers a bold, fun story about taking action (whether it’s against book censors or killer alligators), being brave (in love and in adventure) and standing up for what’s right, no matter the circumstances.


    Glam Adelaide     
    Kids’ Book Review     
    New York Times      
    NZ Booklovers    
    Philadelphia Weekly    
    San Francisco Book Review   
    Shelf Awareness (starred review)   
    Washington Post (op ed)     

    David Levithan
    About the Author

    David Levithan is an award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of young adult books, including 19 Love Songs, Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). He lives in New Jersey and spends his days in New York, editing and publishing other people’s...

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    ‘Levithan’s warm and conversational voice is likely to disarm even the most hard-hearted, drawing them into the loving worlds of his carefully observed characters.’

    ‘Compelling…Answers in the Pages is an uplifting portrait of the strength it takes to fight for your story. It’s an important book with an essential perspective on a vital, timeless question.’

    ‘A timely and relevant release…Provides a window into a uniquely transitory age [and] ultimately celebrates the messiness of being human.’

    ‘[A] nuanced novel that centres moments of self-discovery, working themes of acceptance, bravery, friendship and love into each of the three threads.’

    Answers in the Pages will empower young readers…Accessible, engaging…A celebration of quiet queerness, of self-discovery, of allyship, of the way books can open our world and spark adventures both real and imagined, of the fact that, whether we love our same-gender friends as friends or more than friends, we deserve to have our stories told and read and shared.’

    ‘Engrossing…Levithan skilfully dovetails the three stories into a dramatic conclusion with a few delightful surprises.’

    ‘Gives voice to the young who just see a great book and characters who really care about each other. Timely, inspiring, perfect.’

    ‘Levithan’s characters are multifaceted and well-drawn…It is refreshing to have such a sweet, fun story incorporate contemporary issues, and add to the list of books that queer young readers can find themselves in.’

    ‘Pure reading joy…sophisticated, nuanced and layered. An exploration of friendship, self-acceptance and finding your authentic voice…Such important themes. And such a clever, compelling rendering of these.’

    ‘Heartfelt…Teaches us that we need to stand up for what we believe to be right.’

    ‘A narrative that is as much fun as it is a poignant commentary on the state of lives for the LGBTQI+ community internationally…A vital book in the development of young people.’

    ‘A touching story…Rich in themes, satisfying in characterisation, enlivened by a gentle wit…Should be in every school library and read by as many people as possible.’

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    • Answers in the Pages
      ISBN: 9781922459992
      2 August 2022
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