2023 Jean Flynn Award for Best Young Adult Book – Texas Institute of Letters (TIL)

2023 Spirit of Texas Reading List (SPOT) – Young Adult Round Table (YART) at the Texas Library Association (TLA)

JLG Gold Standard Selection – Junior Library Guild

Kirkus Best Young Adult Books of the Year – Kirkus Reviews, 2022

Kirkus Best Teen and YA Books About Family of 2022 – Kirkus Reviews

2022 Blue Ribbons list, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)

The 23 Best Books of 2022 (So Far), Seventeen Magazine


“…a breathtaking story of sisterhood, familia, fighting the demons of generational trauma and femicide, and moving forward with fresh dreams despite the scars. A nouveau gothic tale with roots as deep as mesquite and a heart as wide as the Texas sky.”–KIRKUS Starred Review

“García McCall crafts a haunting, intrigue-laden update on the [gothic] genre that—through critiques of generational trauma cycles wrought through femicide and gender-based violence—demands accountability and action.”–PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY Starred Review

“In this riveting contemporary novel with a splash of magical realism, García McCall explores the nature of sisterhood between Graciela (“Grace”) and Mercedes (“Mercy”) Torres, as well as shared intergenerational trauma, familial dynamics, and love when all seems lost.” –Booklist

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