Sarah Gailey and Mark Oshiro for WHEN WE WERE MAGIC

Loyalty is super psyched to celebrate the paperback release of When We Were Magic with Sarah Gailey and Mark Oshiro!! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event or you can order the book below to be added to the event's registration list. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event. This event is free to attend but we are encouraging donations to Transgender Legal Services Network.  We will have a limited amount of signed bookplates from Sarah & Mark!


“Profoundly thoughtful…An intimate portrait of female friendship laced with literal and metaphorical magic.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A laugh-out-loud, exciting ride…a darkly comedic coming-of-age story.” —School Library Journal

A moving, darkly funny novel about six teens whose magic goes wildly awry from Magic for Liars author Sarah Gailey, who Chuck Wendig calls an “author to watch.”

Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder.

Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love.

That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things that doesn’t change on prom night.

When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt fails—and their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.


Hugo award winner Sarah Gailey lives and works in California. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and their fiction has been published internationally. Their debut novel, Magic for Liars, was an LA Times bestseller. Their most recent novel, The Echo Wife, is available now. You can find links to their work at They tweet @gaileyfrey.


Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of ANGER IS A GIFT (2019 Schneider Family Book Award) and EACH OF US A DESERT, both with Tor Teen. Their middle grade debut, THE INSIDERS, is out on September 21, 2021. When not writing, they run the online Mark Does Stuff universe and are trying to pet every dog in the world.

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Event date: 
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 8:00pm
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When We Were Magic Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534432888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021

The Echo Wife Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250174666
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - February 16th, 2021

Magic for Liars: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250174628
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - May 5th, 2020

American Hippo: River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and New Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250176431
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: - May 22nd, 2018

Anger Is a Gift: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250167033
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Teen - May 7th, 2019

Each of Us a Desert Cover Image
Available to order- email
ISBN: 9781250169211
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Tor Teen - September 15th, 2020

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The Insiders Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063008106
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HarperCollins - September 21st, 2021