A.J. Sass (he/they) is a writer, editor, and a long-time figure skater. They have passed their U.S. Figure Skating Senior Moves in the Field and Free Skate tests medaled twice at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and currently dabbles in ice dance. A. J. lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with their boyfriend and two cats who act like dogs.
Ana on the Edge is a heartfelt coming of age story about a nonbinary character navigating a binary world. Twelve-year-old Ana-Marie Jin, the reigning US Juvenile figure skating champion, is not a frilly dress kind of kid. So, when Ana learns that next season’s program will be princess-themed, doubt forms fast.
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Thus far, I’ve enjoyed exploring stories within the middle-grade contemporary space, but I’ve always wanted to write science fiction/fantasy. That said, whether it’s a story with a touch of magic set in the contemporary world or a near-future speculative, explorations of identity would remain a strong focus. I’d also love to branch out to different age categories one day, like picture books, YA, and possibly even some genres in the adult space.
by A. J. Sass
Perfect for fans of George and Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World: a heartfelt coming of age story about a nonbinary character navigating a binary world.Twelve-year-old Ana-Marie Jin, the reigning US Juvenile figure skating champion, is not a frilly dress kind of kid. So, when Ana learns that next season's program will be princess themed, doubt forms fast. Still, Ana tries to focus on training and putting together a stellar routine worthy of national success.
Once Ana meets Hayden, a transgender boy new to the rink, thoughts about the princess program and gender identity begin to take center stage. And when Hayden mistakes Ana for a boy, Ana doesn't correct him and finds comfort in this boyish identity when he's around. As their friendship develops, Ana realizes that it's tricky juggling two different identities on one slippery sheet of ice. And with a major competition approaching, Ana must decide whether telling everyone the truth is worth risking years of hard work and sacrifice.