The Ghosts We Keep
Jeffrey West at Scholastic has bought The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver, author of I Wish You All the Best. In the YA novel, Liam Cooper is already navigating anxiety, complicated feelings about their gender, and a crush on their best friend, when their brother's sudden death in a car accident caused by a classmate flips their whole world on its axis. Publication is planned for late 2020; Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret did the deal for North American rights.
“THE GHOST WE KEEP is the story of Liam Cooper who is a non-binary kid still trying to figure things out. So they’re still in the closet, but mostly because that’s where they’re most comfortable right now. They have a crush on their best friend Joel, and they’re desperately hoping that something will come of it and they’re trying to get the nerve to ask Joel out.
Things come crashing to a halt when Liam’s twin brother is killed in a tragic accident. Suddenly Liam sees their brother’s face in the mirror, and they have to contend with being half of a whole. The book is about grief, rejection, fear, dealing with PTSD. It comes from my own experience of losing my father in 2017 (in the exact way Liam loses their brother).
The book is dark, I’m not going to lie it may be difficult for a lot of readers. Liam goes through a lot, they deal with their own gender, losing the person they love the most, rejection from people around them. There is a scene (so far at least who knows what edits may do) where Liam considers taking their own life.
These are things both I and my mother experience after my father was killed. And this is my way of getting through that.” — From the author