Small Town Pride

Cover of Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper

Small Town Pride

Phil Stamper
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A poignant coming-of-age story for readers aged 12+

Older middle-grade readers will love this novel about inding your place, using your voice, and the true meaning of pride

There's so much heart and hope in this beautiful book. It's packed with empathy and young readers will find much to relate to and feel empowered by. A true celebration of the difference young people can make in the world.


Jake is just starting to enjoy life as his school’s first openly gay kid. While his family and friends are accepting and supportive, the same can’t be said about everyone in their small town of Barton Springs, Ohio.

When Jake’s dad hangs a comically large pride flag in their front yard in an overblown show of love, the mayor begins to receive complaints. A few people are even concerned the flag will lead to something truly outlandish: a pride parade.

Except Jake doesn’t think that’s a ridiculous idea. Why can’t they hold a pride festival in Barton Springs? The problem is, Jake knows he’ll have to get approval from the town council, and the mayor won’t be on his side. And as Jake and his friends try to find a way to bring Pride to Barton Springs, it seems suspicious that the mayor’s son, Brett, suddenly wants to spend time with Jake.

But someone that cute couldn’t possibly be in league with his mayoral mother, could he?

Phil Stamper is the bestselling author of several queer books for young adults. He works in publishing in New York, where he lives with his husband and their dog. Small Town Pride is his middle grade debut.

Number of pages: 288
Reading age guide: 12 to 14 years
Publication date: 22nd June 2023
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780063118799
Format: Paperback

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