Massive congrats to Tom Ryan, whose book I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING (AW Teen), has been shortlisted for a 2021 Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBTQ Mystery! The Lambda Literary Awards were created over 30 years ago to honor and champion LGBTQ books and authors, and the winners of this year’s awards will be announced June 1st, 2021 in a virtual ceremony.


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.

Tom Ryan is the author of Keep This to Yourself, winner of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best YA Crime Book and the 2020 ITW Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. He has also been nominated for the White Pine Award, the Stellar Award, and the Hackmatack Award. Two of Tom’s books have been Junior Library Guild selections, and his young adult novels were ALA Rainbow List picks in 2013, 2014, and 2020. In 2017 he was a Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction. Tom is represented by Samantha Haywood and Amy Tompkins/

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