The Angel Room


The Angel Room

Authors & Illustrator


First Place Book Award

First Place Award

Fiction > LGBTQ+ - Young Adult, Fiction > YA - Literary & Coming of Age


Everyone has demons, but fifteen-year-old Eleanor can actually talk to hers. When her family moves to a new neighborhood, gender-questioning artist Eleanor thinks she can escape her past —and the secret she’s been carrying since she was little — but Creep won’t be left behind. He’s her childhood bestie and her only confidant. Always there: fish-bone teeth and gravel voiced. The monster under her bed. The top-tier fan of all her nightmares who keeps her from what she wants most: a new start. Eleanor has anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and Creep. She doesn’t expect to make friends. Then she meets Mia, a Black goth-girl lesbian in lipstick and army boots, and Virgil, a reformed bad boy with a stable full of horses. Thanks to her new friends, Eleanor begins to question everything. What love really looks like. Her own identity. Who she could be without Creep. Can she find the courage to share her story and be rid of him forever?