Cross My Heart and Never Lie (2021)

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Tuva is starting seventh grade, and her checklist of goals includes: writing out a diary, getting a trendy look, building the best fort in the woods with her BFFs, and much more. But when she starts school, nothing is how she hoped it would be.

Seventh grade has split her friends into rival factions: TEAM LINNEA and the girls who fall in love and TEAM BAO and the girls who NEVER fall in love. Linnea has a BOYFRIEND, Bao hates everything related to love. Worst of all, Linnea and Bao expect Tuva to choose a side!

In this delightfully hand-lettered coming-of-age graphic diary, Tuva gets caught between feeling like a kid and wanting to know HOW to become a teenager. Then Mariam shows up and suddenly Tuva feels as if she’s met her soulmate. Can you fall in love with a girl, keep it from your friends, and survive? For Tuva, it may be possible, but it’s definitely not easy.

From: Astra Publishing House

Notes on This Title

The main character of this title is a queer 12 year old girl. It was originally published in Norwegian before receiving an English language translation in 2023.


2024 Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s Literature Award
ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table - 2023 Best Graphic Novels for Children


“An absorbing, sincerely told story of adolescent self-discovery and connection.” (Source: Kirkus Reviews)

“A really lovely look at all the changes that can come with being 12.” (Source: School Library Journal)



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