Empathy Over Stigma: Celebrating Mental Health Awareness!


Celebrate the importance of mental health awareness with Tor Teen and check out our first ever Crowdcast live event, Empathy Over Stigma. Authors TJ Klune, Mark Oshiro, and Lauren Shippen joined us to discuss mental health representation in YA. Watch a replay of our below, access helpful resources, and learn more about the exciting, upcoming titles from our event’s three featured authors!

Some people are extraordinarysThe Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

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Read TJ’s guest post with The Mary Sue!


From award-winning authorsEach of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

From award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful coming-of-age fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life.

Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.

Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous conqueror. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

Fresh off of Anger Is a Gift‘s smashing success, Oshiro branches out into a fantastical direction with their new YA novel, Each of Us a Desert.

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A Neon Darkness is the seconsdA Neon Darkness by Lauren Shippen

A Neon Darkness is the second stand-alone novel set in the Bright Sessions universe from creator Lauren Shippen that tells the untold origin story of supervillain Damien, the bad guy that millions of listeners love to hate. And millions of new readers are about to meet.

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For more information about Mental Health Awareness Month, check out the resources below for support and guidance: