Paper Planes (2023)


Former best friends Dylan Render and Leighton Worthington attempt to successfully navigate their way through a summer camp for troubled youth. They both need a good evaluation at the camp. Otherwise, they’ll be sent away, unable to attend high school with their friends. While participating in camp activities and chores, Dylan and Leighton rexamine the events that led up to the incident that sent them to camp, the incident that threatens their futures and their friendship with each other.

From: Simon & Schuster

Notes on This Title

The main characters of this title are a white nonbinary teen and an asexual teen with a Black grandparent.

There are depictions of bullying, instances of class bias, and sequences where characters accidentally suffer serious injury.


Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for Young Adult Fiction - General (2023) - Bronze Medal


“A queer coming-of-age story that embraces the mess and complexity of identity and relationships.” (Source: Kirkus Reviews)

“While Leighton and Dylan’s internal voices often read overly similarly, this emotionally resonant telling presents the protagonists’ challenges and missteps with empathy, making for a simultaneously hopeful and sobering reminder that growing up sometimes means growing apart.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)


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