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2021 Lambda Literary Award - LGBTQ Mystery
2022 ALA Rainbow Book List

In her small town, seventeen year-old Delia "Dee" Skinner is known as the girl who wasn't taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn't enough. Sibby was never seen again. At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee's the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way. When another little girl goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers, with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much is she willing to reveal about herself in order to uncover the truth? Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.

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Tom Ryan has crafted a thriller that tunnels through grief and comes out the other side in full empowerment. Each brick of the plot is laid with purpose, and every twist tied off with expert precision, as it barrels toward a heart-pounding finish. There were moments reading I had trouble catching my breath. Not to be missed. --Kristen Simmons, author of the Article 5 series and The Deceivers

Tom Ryan has created a spectacular melding of true crime podcast culture, coming of age, queerness, and taut kidnapping thriller. I Hope You're Listening is a sharply chiseled gem and an instant classic. --Derek Milman, author of Scream All Night

Listen up, YA thriller fans and true crime addicts--Tom Ryan's I Hope You're Listening is a compelling mystery with a podcast I'd listen to in a heartbeat, characters I want to hang out with, and a pulse-pumping conclusion that will leave you reeling. Prepare to tune in and get hooked. --Kit Frick, author of I Killed Zoe Spanos and All Eyes on Us

You'll fall in love with Dee and her unstoppable strength as she uncovers the clues to a painful disappearance the adults around her would rather forget. --Adam Sass, author of Surrender Your Sons

A heart-pounding YA mystery/thriller that is at turns chilling, poignant, and nail-bitingly suspenseful. --Wendy Heard, author of She's Too Pretty to Burn

Dee's authentic, engaging perspective alternates between the day of Sibby's kidnapping and the present, layered between episode transcripts that demonstrate her strengths as a storyteller and investigator...A compelling, satisfyingly queer mystery that explores human connection amid the pressures and pace of today's news cycle.--Kirkus Reviews

Compelling...a page-turner of a mystery with a strong lead character who is a member of the LGBTQ community make this book a winner.--School Library Journal

Intriguing clues keep readers engrossed...Ryan's portrayal of the way a crime can create long-lasting impacts within a community is profound.--Publishers Weekly

Award-winning Ryan, whose books have appeared on the ALA Rainbow List, has created a thrilling mystery for fans of Courtney Summers and Nancy Drew.--Booklist

Best Bets 2020 List
2021 Lambda Literary Award - LGBTQ Mystery
2021 Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence Finalist for Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book
2021 Best Books for Kids & Teens starred selection, The Canadian Children's Book Centre
2022 TAYSHAS Reading List, Texas Library Association
2022 ALA Rainbow Book List

Publisher: Aw Teen
Pub date: oct 01, 2021
368 pages
Format: Paperback