Sir Callie and The Champions of Helston (Sir Callie #1)
When 12-year-old nonbinary Callie's ex-hero dad is summoned to the royal capitol of Helston to train a hopeless prince as an epic war looms, Callie lunges for the opportunity to become an official knight in training. Helston is full of powerful people who believe knighthood is for boys and magic is for girls, and Callie and the new friends they make will have to fight both the dangers beyond the kingdom and the bigotry from within.
Publisher: Penguin Random House/Labyrinth Road
Publication Date: November 1, 2022
“These heroes come in all shapes and skills—I cheered for them throughout their exciting journey.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce
“Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston is fierce; transmuting beloved classic fairy-tale elements with the fiery conviction that every person deserves an authentic expression of self. Symes-Smith has forged a razor-sharp story of bravery, emotional resilience, deep honor, and adventure!’
— Ash Van Otterloo, author of CATTYWAMPUS and A TOUCH OF RUCKUS
“This warm hug of a book is a love letter to classic fantasy novels and a joyous celebration of found families, finding your place, and making your way in the world on your terms (and with your chosen pronouns). It’s thoughtful, inclusive, and an absolute joy.”
— Jamie Pacton, author of THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY and LUCKY GIRL
“A groundbreaking, magical story about fighting for who you are, Symes-Smith’s debut paves the way for nonbinary characters to shine in their own adventures. Callie is a character every middle grade reader deserves to have on their shelves.”
— Nicole Melleby, author of HURRICAIN SEASON, IN THE ROLE OF BRIE HUTCHENS, and HOW TO BECOME A PLANET
“[A] nuanced exploration of identity rarely seen in tales about brave knights and fearsome dragons. Symes-Smith has created a groundbreaking story with engaging, unforgettable characters, whose personal journeys will mean the world to so many young readers.”
— A. J. Sass, author of Ana on the Edge and Ellen Outside the Lines
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Esme Symes-Smith moved from the UK to Missouri after meeting a cute girl on Tumblr. They wrangle preschoolers between writing sessions, and has a severe tea problem.
Tags: Middle Grade, Fantasy, LGBTQIA+