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Euphoria Kids

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Ever since the witch cursed Babs, she turns invisible sometimes. She has her mum and her dog, but teachers and classmates barely notice her. Then, one day, Iris can see her. And Iris likes what they see. Babs is made of fire.

Iris grew from a seed in the ground. They have friends, but not human ones. Not until they meet Babs. The two of them have a lot in common: they speak
Paperback, 247 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Echo Publishing
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Veronica ⭐️
Although not the intended readership, I absolutely loved this magical and tender story.

Alison Evans has a wonderful way of expressing feelings and emotions.

Iris is a plant child. They grew from the ground. The child of Clover and Moss. They know they are different. A non-binary child that talks to the fairie, Saltkin, in the garden.

“I didn’t want to be a strange baby made of plants, but it hasn’t caused any problems. I don’t know if anyone else can tell.”
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No violence. No Good and Evil. No budding romances. Just budding friendships, and people who treat one another like people.

All in all, an excellent YA novel. :)

A few specific examples why:
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

3.5 stars

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2020: A book by a trans or non-binary author

That’s how I might feel about gender, now. It’s upsetting when people misgender me, but it’s exhausting to get upset about it every time. I’m not sure I can do it anymore.’

Euphoria Kids is the latest novel by Australian author Alison Evans. Euphoria Kids is a story of mystical proportions, that explores identity, belonging, connections and friendship, with a magical overlay. This
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Euphoria Kids is an enchanting tale of identity, friendship, and belonging for young adults from Alison Evans.

Told with imagination and tenderness, it introduces Iris, identified as non-binary, who makes a wish for a friend and finds first Babs, a girl who often not only feels, but sometimes is, invisible, and a trans boy, new to the school, who has not yet found his real name.

The prose is lyrical with a whimsical tone. Using magic in part as a metaphor, Evan’s characters explore their who they
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘But we have to remember, it’s not up to us to change anyone’s lives, unless they ask.’

Babs has been cursed, and sometimes she’s invisible. Teachers and classmates often don’t see her. Iris grew from a seed in the ground and identifies as non-binary. One day, Iris can see Babs. Iris and Babs have a lot in common: they are both connected to the magic in the world around them.

This is a beautiful story of acceptance, identity and magic. Iris wants to help Babs have her curse removed. And while they
Paige Belfield
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO WHOLESOME!!! Three friends, so alike and so different, joining together to help each other find their true selves. I LOVE IT! It's also so refreshing to read a YA story following trans and non-binary characters that isn't about tragedy or persecution. Each of them has a loving supportive family and they are all proud of who they are and I love it so much. ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful, quietly magical story about three trans teens who already know they're trans and who are already out. It's full of fairies, dryads, witches and art. Not plot heavy, yet it kept me reading as it's such a gentle, comforting story. Also contains the best description of depression I've ever read in fiction. ...more
A copy of this novel was provided by BFredericksPR for review.

Euphoria Kids, is, I believe, the book that every transgender teen needs. As someone who works with queer teens I wish I somehow had enough money to give them all a copy. Because in a world where trans narratives are too often written by cisgender people with a focus on tragedy, Euphoria Kids defies both those things by having a non-binary author and focussing on queer magic instead of queer tragedy.

The narrative in Euphoria Kids is t
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, fantasy, australian
Alison Evans’ Highway Bodies was a superb new zombie apocalypse with its focus on gentle queer kids trying to survive in a savage world by leaning on love and friendship as well as their own resources.

Their next novel is another sweet tale of young queer people finding their place in the world and with each other, in an environment of fairies, strange realms and a witch’s curse. It’s as much contemporary fairytale as modern YA novel, which is a good part of why it’s so delightful.

The chapters va
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the easy rhythm of this story and its inclusiveness. Told in alternating points of view, Euphoria Kids is one for the dreamers and a story I would have treasured as a teen.

Underneath the magic and wonder of connecting with dryads and faeries and exploring alternate realms is the struggle of being marginalised, of going unseen, of suffering in silence. Friends prove to be the balm. As Iris, Babs and the new boy at school connect with nature and each other, they start to heal and come int
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I did receive an early copy of this #LoveOzYA book from Echo Publishing and *inhaled* it months ago! I think the publisher tag is very apt: “Anyone who loves the work of Francesca Lia Block and delights in Studio Ghibli films will be entranced by this gorgeous and gentle young adult novel about three queer friends who come into their power.” 🐱🕸🌿🌹 it’s just a really lovely witchy tale of power and coming-of-age from an author who is coming into their own too, and goes from strength to strength
Sweet and lovely. Until it's a bit scary. But only a bit.

Strong characterisation. Lovely truthful friendships. All the feels.

Sean Curran
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, vital story about three loners coming together. Wholesome, truthful and magical in the manner of recent animated series like Steven Universe and Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts. Perfect escapism for our current era, yet almost paradoxically grounded in reality.

The narration is deceptively simple; conversational yet elegant.

I'm not the target audience, but Euphoria Kids still resonated. As an educator, I'm thrilled this story exists for young people who might need it.
Lauren Mitchell
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I suspect I'm not the only adult enby out there who wishes they'd been able to read this as a young adult. The validation of queerness, from gender to sexuality to lack of gender, is so comforting; the whole book is like getting a cuddle from a dear friend ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
I really liked the atmosphere of the book (if you read it, you know what I’m talking about), but there is only so much tome you can spend in that sort of atmosphere before it becomes boring.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Euphoria Kids tells the story of three kids. The first we meet is Iris, who has two mums, can see and speak with faeries and other magical folk, and uses 'they' pronouns. The second is Babs, who they meet after attending the same school for a while but having never run into each other before - partly because Babs has a tendency to turn invisible sometimes thanks to an earlier run-in with a witch. Babs is also made of fire, and identifies as female. When the two finally meet it's like they've com ...more
Emily Wrayburn
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-books
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind August 14, 2020:

This is such a delightful little book. It’s no secret that I love earthy, witchy magic, nor that I love the Fey. And this book has both in spades.

At its heart, this is a book about queer kids getting to be themselves. The three main characters are a trans girl, a trans boy, and a non-binary character. Their gender identities are important and inform their characters, but they aren’t the whole plot. This is about trans kids g
Michael Earp
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So cute and wholesome queer magic goodness. Adorable x three.
Like Iris and the movie with the tree spaceship, this book feels like it was written especially for me. I love it and already can’t wait to go back to it 💕
Bethwyn Badger
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
Review to come on my blog ^_^
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Iris has never had friends before, other than the faeries that live in their backyard. Babs has trouble staying visible thanks to the witch who cursed her. The boy hasn’t found a real name yet. Can magic and friendship keep them safe?

I’m not really sure how old these kids are. Teenagers? I thought that I read somewhere that they are in junior high, but they certainly seem to have a lot of freedom in school for that. I’m a great believer in the power of education, and they don’t seem to spend muc
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Today our art class went on an excursion to the art museum in Brisbane (QAGOMA), and I finished most of this lovely book on the bus trips there and back. It's such an awful shame I get headaches reading on transportation; but it was worth it.

For our art assignment, we were specifically to observe and then respond to the works of indigenous artist Mavis Ngallametta, which were showcasing as an temporary exhibition. I highly, highly recommend anyone who hasn't seen them to please do. They're mass
Final Draft
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alison Evans Euphoria Kids
Alison is the award winning author of Ida and Highway Bodies. They are a spectacular author of Australian YA and with so many high schoolers (those young adults) being home schooled at the moment, you could do worse than grabbing a copy of Alison’s catalogue. Especially the brilliant Euphoria Kids
The story centers on Iris and Babs. They both go to the same school but they don’t know each other. In fact nobody really notices Babs, not since a witch cursed her and she per
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was recommended by Nevo Zisin, who did a Desert Island Reads talk at my library a few months ago. I probably would have picked it up anyway, as I've read and enjoyed their last one. Read this over a couple of days - would have been less if I didn't need to sleep and do other things! Beautiful, magical, great characters, amazing world building. Alison Evans gets better with each new release. I liked Highway Bodies, but I loved this. The gender politics of it were much smoother. I felt they c ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this for it lack of drama. It just tells a story of a group of teenagers living their lives. And I love that. That's not to say, of course, they don't have problems. They do. I just love that way it handled. They told their parents the truth. They are honest with each other. I probably would have gone to find the witch myself!

I love Saltkin! And I love when he and the other faeries are touring the new lavender (I love lavender). The Fae and the Dryads can't tell us everything (even if th
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This year I’ve been purposefully searching for novels that centre gender diverse characters so that I can add to my class library, and I’m so grateful to have found this beautiful book.
The characters are all wonderful, and the story itself is magical & wholesome with a strong emphasis on friendship and finding your people.
The idea that our trans, non-binary and queer kids can and do feel gender euphoria- not just dysphoria- is so important to share and is conveyed so well in this story.
I can’
I am so glad this book exists for queer teens - it’s so soft and whimsical and hopeful, and lets the characters each go on a journey of self-discovery at their own pace. I also hope that non-queer teens pick up this book - it’s full of examples of how to be a good ally to trans and nonbinary people, without lecturing or giving the ally characters undue praise or attention. A great example of why ownvoices literature is so important.

The writing is also gorgeous - a few people have said this book
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wish I’d had this book when I was coming into teenhood. The way it easily immersed me into a world where gnc identities and the language around them are entirely normal was honestly shattering. It made me realise how different life could be for so many kids if this were real life. I know I wasn’t the intended age or audience for this book, so the language came across as quite simple, but I felt warmly invited in by the characters and their lives. If you have a young teen or kid in your life, b ...more
Jamie Sands
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Great representation, although it pained me that the boy didn't get much depth (or a name for so long).

I like that it was generally a sweet and nice story, but I would have liked more depth to it. There was very little exploration of deep emotions, and some more weight behind how they felt about each other. It seemed like set up, like the start of a series to me.
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Alison Evans is the author of Ida, which won the People’s Choice Award at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2017.

Their second novel, Highway Bodies, was published earlier this year and they are a contributor to new anthology, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories.

They are based in Melbourne.

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