All Elle Campbell wants to do is meet their hero, non-binary icon Nuri Grena. Well, okay, they’d like a bit more than that—they’d like to learn how to do cat eye makeup, for Queen Bee Casey to stop critiquing their outfits and for the finale of Elle’s favourite show to have been less terrible. But meeting Nuri means the most of all. So, when Elle learns that Nuri is coming to town for a book signing on Saturday, Elle is thrilled. It’s the perfect chance to meet their hero! Elle’s never been happier since they came out as non-binary, but they have a lot of questions—questions only Nuri can answer. But Elle’s dreams are dashed when an altercation with a surly substitute teacher lands Elle in Saturday detention. Elle is ready to give up until their two best friends come up with a plan to bust them out of school. A plan so outrageous, it just might work. Yet that’s just step one. The kids also have to make their way across town with no money, no phones … and no driver’s licenses. But they refuse to give up—even if that means ‘borrowing’ scooters from elementary school loan sharks, or winning a laser tag tournament with a cash prize. Comic-author Ben Kahn makes their middle-grade debut with this zany, heartfelt love letter to friendship, John Hughes movies and the power of accepting who you are … even when there’s no set map for where you’re going.
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