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Cemetery Boys


Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

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When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.


Yadriel cleared his throat, trying to breathe around the lump that had formed. “Te invoco, espíritu!”

He dropped the match into the bowl. For a second, it sizzled in the blood and alcohol before there was an explosion of heat and golden light. Yadriel sprang back, choking on the smoke.

A boy was doubled over on his hands and knees before the statue of Lady Death, clutching at his chest.

“It worked!” Yadriel said, hardly believing his eyes.

The spirit’s face was screwed up tight in a grimace, his fingers knotted into the material of his shirt. He wore a hooded, black leather jacket over a white tee. He had dark jeans and wore a pair of Chuck Converse.

“That’s not Miguel,” Maritza tried to whisper, but she never had a very good inside voice.

Yadriel groaned and dragged a hand over his face. On the bright side, he had actually summoned a real-life spirit.

On the not-so-bright side, he had summoned the wrong one.



"This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic. I was bawling by the end of it, but not from sadness: I just felt so incredibly happy that this queer Latinx adventure will get to be read by other kids. Cemetery Boys is necessary: for trans kids, for queer kids, for those in the Latinx community who need to see themselves on the page. Don’t miss this book. " —Mark Oshiro, author of Anger Is a Gift