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Biography (98 words)

C.B. Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult and middle grade fiction. Her works include the Juinor Library Guild selected A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix (Feiwel and Friends), the Sidekick Squad series (Duet Books), Ben 10 graphic novels (Boom! Studios), Out Now: Queer We Go Again (HarperTeen), Minecraft: The Shipwreck (Del Rey Books), From A Certain Point Of View: The Empire Strikes Back (Del Rey Books). Lee’s work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Wired Magazine, Hypable, Tor’s Best of Fantasy and Sci Fi and the American Library Association’s Rainbow List.

Short Biography (48 words)

CB Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult and middle grade fiction, whose works include the Junior Library Guild Selected A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix (Feiwel and Friends), the Sidekick Squad series (Duet Books), and more.


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Not Your Sidekick
Publisher: Duet Books (Interlude Press)
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Details: Trade paperback, 5.25″x8″
Length: 296 pages
Release Date: September 8, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-945053-03-0 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-945053-04-7 (eBook)
Lambda Literary Awards Finalist 2017
Bisexual Book Awards Finalist 2017
Welcome to Andover, where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, whom Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.
“With a diverse cast of characters, both in terms of sexuality and ethnic background, and a wholly adorable romance for Jess, it’s a lively exploration of morality in a superpowered age. “—Publishers Weekly
“Exactly the kind of super-powered jolt the genre needs right now.” —Wired Magazine
“This is a light romp of a middle grade adventure/romance, but the real strength is in its matter-of-fact representation of LGBTQ and first-generation American identities. While the meanings of these identities are explored, they are not the focus of the book and are simply part of the character- and world-building. Coming out has already happened, friendships based on immigrant identity are complicated, and there are many primary and secondary characters who fall into these categories so that no single character has to stand for everyone.”—School Library Journal
“A large part of the story deals with her expectations about what it means to be ordinary and what it means to be extra-ordinary.  This is a theme that will speak strongly to the current generation.  What happens when you try as hard as you possibly can but you still can’t achieve what you intend to do?  How do you rebuild who you are when you fail short of your parent’s expectations?”—Queer Sci Fi
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Not Your Villain
Publisher: Duet Books (Interlude Press)
Details: Trade paperback, 5.25″x8″
Genre: young adult science fiction
Length: 303 pages
Release Date: October 5, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-945053-25-2 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-945053-43-6 (ebook)
Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most wanted villain.
After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges. Everyone is in danger. Between college applications and crushing on his best friend, will Bells have time to take down a corrupt government?
Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain.
“The Sidekick Squad are back and better than ever in Not Your Villain…There’s nothing quite like the found-family narrative, nor the team up against a corrupt government, and the unrelenting optimism and power of a group of largely queer-identifying teens. “—Hypable
“C.B. Lee’s utterly charming Sidekick Squad series has it all—swoony romance, thought-provoking deconstructions of superhero tropes, and the cutest robots ever. But best of all are her very human, very relatable characters—vibrant personalities you just can’t help but root for as they make their way in the world. If you’re a fan of superheroes, thoughtful sci-fi, and/or general awesomeness, you need these books in your life.”—Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex
“Not Your Villain shows just how meaningful superheroes (and supervillains) can still be. C.B. Lee has invented a world where the greatest power comes from friendship, love and becoming your truest self, and it’s the heroic story we need right now.”—Charlie Jane Anders, author of All The Birds In the Sky
“The universe that Lee created in Not Your Sidekick is as sharp and effortlessly detailed as ever…. They do what they can to save the world, without ever aspiring to be a savior, learning that true heroism comes through working together.” —Lambda Literary
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Seven Tears At High Tide
Publisher: Duet Books (Interlude Press)
Details: Trade paperback 6″x9″
Genre: young adult fantasy
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Pages: 234
ISBN: 978-1-941530-47-4 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-941530-48-1 (ebook)
Bisexual Book Awards Finalist 2016
Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.” Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish. As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.
“A charming and sweet twist on the selkie legend. Morgan, a half-human half-selkie and Kevin, an Asian American bisexual (and proud) human, are wonderful characters.” – LGBT-YA Reviews
“Seven Tears at High Tide is a magical story with so much heart. Though heavier topics such as homophobia and hunters are addressed, most of the characters are sweet, accepting, and so heartwarming. Kevin and Morgan’s love story is a unique one, especially since they start out in such different places (selkie magic aside). Watching them learn to reconcile human and selkie love and forge a relationship that stands the test of time and tide is truly magical. Coupled with atmospheric details, the warm glow of first love (and all the firsts that go along with that), and the selkie mythology, Seven Tears is a richly realized, dreamy tale we adored.” – Fangirlish Reviews
“A romantic young adult tale full of beautiful imagery and a blossoming young love that will warm your heart. Debut author C.B. Lee deftly explores issues surrounding race, bisexuality and mixed family dynamics against the sweet summer setting of a Californian sea.” – Mugglenet Reviews

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