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A  Costume for Charly










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**SCBWI Crystal Kite Finalist (California/Hawaii Region)**

**An American Library Association (ALA) Rainbow Book List Choice**

**A Reads Rainbow Awards Finalist** 

**A New York Public Library Pick for Getting Kids Excited for Halloween**

**A Foreward Reviews Book of the Day**

**Lambda Literary's Most Anticipated Fall Releases 2022**

**Reads Rainbow Anticipated Fall Releases 2022**

**Nominated for a Cybils Award**

**School Library Journal "12 Books for Trans Day of Visibility**

"Charly's joyous creativity and persistence will encourage trick-or-readers to think outside of the box this Halloween." --School Library Journal

The detailed illustrations contrast bold reds with moody blues, depicting Charly's frustration, creativity, and ultimate joy in their search for the perfect ensemble. In the end, Charly discovers that just because they are wearing a costume doesn't mean they can't still be themselves. --Foreword Reviews


Cartoony illustrations capture Charly's determination to find the right costume, and the way wearing it ultimately makes them feel 'joyfully jazzed' and 'harmoniously hopeful.' --Horn Book Magazine


...Charly musters some ingenuity worthy of Project Runway. In Malone's earnest prose, there is never any doubt in this protagonist, who does whatever it takes to feel "one hundred percent Charly."" --Publishers Weekly


"This story about a queer kid finding their own solution to a problem--and the problem not being their identity or people's reaction to it--is upbeat and welcome." --Mombian



The image is of a room with a billowing fog and bats flying around. There is a chest filled with Halloween costumes on the wooden floor. In the middle of the room is a mirror and a girl wearing a red riding hood costume stands with her hand on the mirror. In the reflection, there is a boy in a dracula costume joining hands with the girl.
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