• Cemetery Boys

  • By: Aiden Thomas
  • Narrated by: Avi Roque
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,010 ratings)

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Cemetery Boys

By: Aiden Thomas
Narrated by: Avi Roque
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Publisher's summary

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.

A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas' paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as "groundbreaking".

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend, Maritza, he performs the ritual himself and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian so they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Bram Stoker Awards - Nominee - 2020
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year - 2020
School Library Best Books of the Year - 2020
An NPR Best Book of the Year - 2020
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year - 2020
Barnes & Noble Best New Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from Swoon Reads

"The novel perfectly balances the vibrant, energetic Latinx culture while delving into heavy topics like LGBTQ+ acceptance, deportation, colonization, and racism within authoritative establishments." (

"This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic. I was bawling by the end of it, but not from sadness: I just felt so incredibly happy that this queer Latinx adventure will get to be read by other kids. Cemetery Boys is necessary: For trans kids, for queer kids, for those in the Latinx community who need to see themselves on the page. Don’t miss this book." (Mark Oshiro, author of Anger Is a Gift)

©2020 Aiden Thomas (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Editor's Pick

A buzzy debut
I’ve had Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas on my Wish List for a while now. This buzzy debut is jam-packed with creative storytelling. Yadriel’s traditional Latinx family won’t accept his true gender, so in an effort to make them understand he attempts to summon the ghost of his dead cousin on Día de Muertos. Instead, Yadriel accidentally summons the ghost of one of his former classmates, Julian Diaz. Thomas combines the paranormal with romance, LGBTQIA+ heroes, Latinx culture, themes of acceptance and identity, and so much more. Performed by debut narrator Avi Roque, I can’t wait to get lost in this world. —Katie O., Audible Editor