We’re very excited to kick off the first in our series of Fynest Reads, in which we’ll explore the very best of LGBTQIA+ Literature. Benjamin Alire Sáenz – author of the multi-award-winning international bestseller, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – is this October, set to release the highly-anticipated sequel, entitled Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World. Here, we find out a little more about it… 

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK (October 12, 2021) 
  • Pages: 528  
  • Age: 14+ 

‘It seemed that we had actually become cartographers of a new world, had mapped out a country of our own, and it was ours and only ours, and though we both knew that country would disappear, almost as soon as it had happened, we had full citizenship in that country, and we were free to love each other. Ari loved Dante. Dante loved Ari.’ 

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World is the long-awaited sequel to one of the most beloved LGBTQ+ YA novels written in the last ten years. Fans across the globe have fallen in love with the burgeoning relationship between two boys who seem to have nothing in common. The sequel explores their relationship, and the fragile future between them. 

It’s the 80s and two Mexican-American boys have fallen in love. Boys who are living at a time when a terrible disease is ravaging the gay community. Boys who are trying to understand the world around them. Boys who are mapping out what it means to be gay and questioning how long they can hold on to each other. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – the prequal to the new release – is also published by Simon & Schuster. Dante is a know-it-all who has a unique perspective on life. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they develop a special friendship – the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about the universe, themselves and the kind of people they want to be. This incredibly moving and powerful Printz Honor Book follows two teen boys learning to open themselves up to love, despite the world being against them. 

About the Author 

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. He was the first Hispanic winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and a recipient of the American Book Award for his books for adults. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was a Printz Honor Book, the Stonewall Award winner, the Pura Belpré Award winner, the Lambda Literary Award winner, and a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. 


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