Stage Dreams Offers New Perspective on the Old West

October 1, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MN— Coming this fall from Graphic Universe™, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, acclaimed cartoonist Melanie Gillman puts readers in the saddle alongside Flor and Grace as they thwart a Confederate plot in Stage Dreams.

Young Grace, a trans runaway, has headed west, fleeing her Georgia home—and conscription into the Confederate Army. But her coach ride to California makes an unplanned stop when notorious outlaw the Ghost Hawk swoops in, shaking down its passengers and stealing away with Grace. The Ghost Hawk—Flor, to her friends—means to hold Grace for ransom. But when the two get to talking about Flor’s plan to crash a Confederate gala, Grace convinces Flor to let her help.

A rollicking queer adventure full of robbery and romance, Stage Dreams will have readers on the edge of their seats as they ride along for the heist.

Stage Dreams provides a rare and page-turning depiction of LGBTQ characters in historical fiction that’s as inclusive as it is entertaining.

Advance Praise for Stage Dreams:
“This charming and poignant queer romance set against a Civil War–era backdrop will resonate with readers.”—starred, School Library Journal

“[D]elves into queer history and spins a witty and extravagant yarn about a dashing duo.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

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Graphic Universe™, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, creates high-interest and nonfiction titles through supreme graphic novel artwork and story lines created by experienced artists of this genre.

Stage Dreams
September 2019
$29.32 Hardcover, Jacketed
$10.99 Paperback
eBook Also Available
Ages 13–18
HC: 978-1-5124-4000-3
PB: 978-1-5415-7284-3
104 Pages ● 8 × 10

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