When You Get the Chance


By Tom Ryan

By Robin Stevenson

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Follow cousins on a road trip to Pride as they dive into family secrets and friendships in this contemporary novel—perfect for fans of David Levithan and Becky Albertalli.
As kids, Mark and his cousin Talia spent many happy summers together at the family cottage in Ontario, but a fight between their parents put an end to the annual event. Living on opposite coasts—Mark in Halifax and Talia in Victoria—they haven't seen each other in years. When their grandfather dies unexpectedly, Mark and Talia find themselves reunited at the cottage once again, cleaning it out while the family decides what to do with it.
Mark and Talia are both queer, but they soon realize that's about all they have in common, other than the fact that they'd both prefer to be in Toronto. Talia is desperate to see her high school sweetheart Erin, who's barely been in touch since leaving to spend the summer working at a coffee shop in the Gay Village. Mark, on the other hand, is just looking for some fun, and Toronto Pride seems like the perfect place to find it.
When a series of complications throws everything up in the air, Mark and Talia—with Mark's little sister Paige in tow—decide to hit the road for Toronto. With a bit of luck, and some help from a series of unexpected new friends, they might just make it to the big city and find what they're looking for. That is, if they can figure out how to start seeing things through each other's eyes.

  • "Readers will appreciate the tender depiction of growing apart and breakups, and the concept of nonmonogamous relationships is also explored without stigma.... Recommended for fans of lightly adventurous realistic fiction."
    School Library Journal
  • "A stunning duet about the messiness, history, and beauty of both family and queerness."
    Lev Rosen, author of Jack of Hearts (and other parts)
  • "A heart-warming story about love and friendship and family. I love this book!"
    Mason Deaver, author of I Wish You All the Best
  • "A lovely and thoughtful story about family, community, and what comes next in a young person's life. A wonderful addition to young adult literature."

    Sara Farizan, author of Here to Stayand TellMe Again How a Crush ShouldFeel
  • "The honesty about privilege! The snappy dialogue! The multi-generational queerness and recognition of queer history and culture! The rainbows! I love this Canadian Pride road trip!"

    Alex Gino, award-winning author of George
  • "[T]his story captures a coming-of-age moment in two young people’s lives as they begin to figure out where they fit in the world…. This book is packed full of teaching moments.”
    Kirkus Reviews
  • "A fun, thought-provoking tale."
    Publisher's Weekly

On Sale
May 4, 2021
Page Count
272 pages
Running Press Kids

Tom Ryan

About the Author

Tom Ryan is the award-winning author of six books for children and teens. His debut novel, Way To Go, was published in 2012 with Orca, and was a nominee for the OLA White Pine Award, and made the 2013 ALA Rainbow List, as well as YALSA’s 2013 Quick Picks, with positive reviews from Publishers Weekly, Quill & Quire, and VOYA. His follow-up, Tag Along, received numerous glowing reviews from Kirkus, VOYA, and School Library Journal, and was nominated for a number of distinctions, including CCBC’s (Canadian Children’s Books Council) Best Books and the 2013 ALA Rainbow List, and was also a nominee for the OLA White Pine Award and the Stellar Award. Tom was born and raised in Inverness, Nova Scotia, and currently lives in Halifax with his husband Andrew and their awesome dog.

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Robin Stevenson

About the Author

Robin Stevenson is the author of more than twenty books for children and teens. She has written both fiction and nonfiction, from early chapter books to middle-grade and young adult novels. She regularly presents in schools, offering book talks, creative writing workshops, and presentations on LGBTQ+ Pride. Robin’s YA novel A Thousand Shades of Blue was a finalist for Canada’s highest literary honor, the Governor General’s Award, and is included on CBC’s list, “100 YA Novels that Make You Proud to Be Canadian”. Her middle-grade novel Record Breaker won the Silver Birch Award, Canada’s largest reader’s choice award for young readers. Robin lives on the west coast of Canada with her partner and their son.

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