When you're like me, you have to lie.
It’s been one year since Manny was cast out of his family and driven into the wilderness of the American Southwest. Since then, Manny lives by self-taught rules that keep him moving—and keep him alive. Now, he’s taking a chance on a traveling situation with the Varela family, whose attractive but surly son, Carlos, seems to promise a new future.
I can't let anyone down.
Eli abides by the rules of his family, living in a secluded community that raised him to believe his obedience will be rewarded. But an unsettling question slowly eats away at Eli’s once unwavering faith in Reconciliation: Why can’t he remember his past?
What am I supposed to do?
But the reported discovery of an unidentified body found in the hills of Idyllwild, California, will draw both of these young men into facing their biggest fears and confronting their own identity—and who they are allowed to be.
Find the truth.
For fans of Courtney Summers and Tiffany D. Jackson, Into the Light is a ripped-from-the-headlines story with Oshiro's signature mix of raw emotions and visceral prose—but with a startling twist you’ll have to read to believe.
About the Author
MARK OSHIRO is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning Latinx queer author of Anger Is a Gift, Each of Us a Desert, and Into the Light, as well as their middle grade books The Insiders, You Only Live Once, David Bravo, and Star Wars Hunters: Battle for the Arena. They are the coauthor (with Rick Riordan) of The Sun and the Star: A Nico Di Angelo Adventure. When not writing, they are trying to pet every dog in the world.
“Oshiro persuasively cultivates suspense...this breathtaking indictment of corrupted religion’s consequences presents a standout, deeply felt portrait of a teenager’s longing for connection.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“An edge-of-your-seat mystery with speculative elements. . . An important and searing read on the value of family, agency, and belief.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Praise for Each of Us a Desert:
Buzzfeed's Best YA Speculative Fiction of 2020
NPR Best Books of 2020
“This book is a prayer, and it also feels like a warning.”–NPR
“I have been trying to find words that envelop my feelings for this book into a cohesive sentence, but since that could take years — this book is a stunning, incredible journey showing the ways that storytelling is an integral part of life.” —Buzzfeed
“Part coming-of-age story, part fantasy, this book not only delivers an enchanting tale, but also has some of the most creative world-building happening in speculative fiction right now—all told through a Latinx lens.”—Den of Geek
Awards and Praise for Anger Is a Gift:
*2019 ALA Schneider Family Book Award Teen Winner
*31st Annual Lammy Finalist for LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult category
*2019 ALA Rainbow Young Adult Book List Selection
*Buzzfeed’s 24 Best YA Books of 2018
*Vulture’s 38 Best LGBTQ YA Novels
*Book Riot’s Best Books 2018
“A passionate and promising debut.”—Entertainment Weekly
"Anger is a Gift is an explosion of fury and revolution. Mark Oshiro's beautiful and brutal debut proves that not only can anyone be a hero, but great change comes when the heroes work together."—Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End
"Raw, unflinching, and full of heart. Anger is a Gift is a masterpiece."—Marieke Nijkamp, #1 New York Times bestselling author of This is Where it Ends
“Anger Is a Gift should be required reading in high schools everywhere.”—Charlie Jane Anders, author of Victories Greater Than Death