AUTHOR: C.S. Pacat, Sarah Rees Brennan, Johanna the Mad
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
DATE: September 29, 2020
Fence: Striking Distance
Fence, Book #1
by C.S. Pacat, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Johanna the Mad
Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion who dreams of getting the proper training he could never afford. After earning a place on the elite Kings Row fencing team, Nicholas must prove himself to his rival, Seiji Katayma, and navigate the clashes, friendships, and relationships between his teammates on the road to state championships—where Nicholas might finally have the chance to spar with his golden-boy half-brother.
Coach Williams decides to take advantage of the boys’ morale after a recent victory and assigns them a course of team building exercises to further deepen their bonds. It takes a shoplifting scandal, a couple of moonlit forest strolls, several hilariously bad dates, and a whole lot of introspection for the team to realize they are stronger together than they could ever be apart.
A main character (Nicholas) is attracted to people of multiple genders.