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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
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    Sep 2019, 208 pages

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In this eclectic YA fantasy, a creature from a painting comes to life, and enlists the help of a teenage girl to hunt down a monster.

Jam was born into a world after the monsters were eradicated. They were not monsters with fangs and claws; they looked like ordinary people. But they hid dark and monstrous secrets: racism, homophobia, greed, political corruption, abuse. With many of the human "angels" who fought for and won justice a generation ago still living there and holding positions of authority, Jam's comfortable town of Lucille believes itself safe from the old monsters.

But Jam's artist mother is working on a frightening painting in her studio. The figure in the painting looks a bit like the scarier depictions of angels Jam has seen in old art books. When Jam accidentally cuts herself on a shard of metal embedded in the thick layers of paint, the creature—huge, with the furry hindquarters of a goat, feathers on its upper body, a face that blurs in and out of focus, and curling ram-like horns—...

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