Page Wooller and Ali Vermeeren have a new queer coming-of-age fantasy book out: “Emily Corn Discovering Darkness.”
She has no friends. She has no parents. Emily Corn has been brought up in total isolation. But why? She uncovers a secret which forces answers and breaks the shield protecting her identity. And now they hunt her.
Writer Page Wooller and artist Ali Vermeeren deliver a complex coming of age tale set against the impending destruction of Earth.
Emily must accept who she is, or we all die.
Note: This is a book suitable for 12+ yr olds and fills a need for more fantasy stories involving more diverse characters for younger readers.
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Very few people knew Emily Corn existed. She lived with her aunts on the south coast of England in the last old house in town. Children her age all lived in the new builds by Lasonmans and Lasonmans. One of the largest housing development companies in the south. They lived with their parents. This is something Emily watched with envy.
Page Wooller is a painter, writer, actor and dancer originally from England. This is their first collaboration with artist Ali Vermeeren as a graphic novel. Page saw that while growing up gender was dualistic in stories, especially fantasy and the need for non binary roles to appear of great importance. Page’s pronouns are they, them, their.