Wish Upon a Satellite

  • Pages:272
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:Gender Non-conforming, Assigned Male
  • Pub Date:05/03/2022

The glaciers are melting and the climate crisis is on their mind, but nothing shakes the foundations of non-binary teen Ciel’s world more than sharing an unexpected kiss with their best friend, Stephie. Everything they thought was clear is suddenly all mixed up—and that’s without the new problems at school: sexting, peer pressure, and overdue book reports.

In this new book for teens, Sophie Labelle’s beloved characters first introduced in Ciel and Ciel in All Directions are leaving childhood behind and grappling with new questions of identity, loyalty, and how to negotiate dating and relationships in the age of social media.

"This latest installment in Ciel’s daily adventures shifts into high gear from the first page... The rambling narration balances snark and sincerity. Ciel’s openness about their queerness and neurodivergence is at once playful and vulnerable... Unapologetic and critically engaged."

– Kirkus Reviews

“Relatable, gently funny, and achingly real, Wish Upon a Satellite is a teen story both timely and timeless.”

– Open Book

“Labelle is in no short supply of her quirky comedic sense … If you want a cozy comfort read about trans friends just living the minutiae of life, then give this one a read. Trans friends! Just hanging out! Not dying!”

– Geek Girl Authority

“While Ciel is increasingly comfortable in their skin, dating and finding love is a whole new world, and Labelle isn’t afraid to show Ciel’s emotional turbulence while they figure out who they are attracted to and attempt to sort out the range of emotions that come with early romantic experiences … Labelle also explores the important issues of sexting, consent, and boundaries … Sexting has become increasingly common amongst teenagers, and the novel illustrates the risks and consequences of their online activity.” -Rachel Seigel, Canadian Children’s Book News