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Winner of the New Visions Award, BOYS IN THE BEAST, the debut novel from screenwriter Monica Zepeda has been bought by Cheryl Klein for publication by Tu Books/Lee & Low.

This story is something incredible. A road trip novel, in which cousins who don’t really know each other well, learn about themselves and each other, and end up more like family than they even thought possible.

Monica’s voice in this novel is spectacular, not an easy feat with three protagonists, and she pulls it off effortlessly (or so it looked to me!).

We’re so excited to have this novel coming out in February 2022. Mark your calendars now!

Screenwriter Monica Zepeda's BOYS OF THE BEAST, in which three cousins who barely know one another -- one Jewish and gay, one evangelical Christian and uptight, and one a stoner and dropout -- set off for New Mexico together in their late grandma's 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, with each boy traveling for his own secret reasons; the manuscript won the publisher's New Visions Award, to Cheryl Klein at Tu Books, for publication in February 2022, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world).

Congratulations, Monica!

—Trish