Say Her Name by Stefani Deoul


A slippery slope leads Sid and her meddling posse of pals to a turn of the century mass grave, and a genetic deep dive into a single strand of DNA that stretches across time, states, and even continents.


Say Her Name finds our high-flying lesbionic brainiac Sid Rubin caught up in the glow of new love—and the snowball fight of the century.

Distraction in action, Sid forgets to duck and takes a full facial hit, launching her backward into Imani, who in turn slides down a hill, through a thicket, and amazingly, lands safely. Or so she thinks. Until she hears an ice crack and sees a fingertip rise through the small fissure.

Cue the scream.

The finger becomes a hand, and then a body. It’s a young girl. And she’s not alone. There are seven more skeletons—unidentified and unclaimed. When Imani utters the words, “I want someone to say her name,” it’s time for the posse to round up and ride again—chasing a mystery across time, and states, and even continents. A genetic genealogy hunt that’s right up Sid’s Silicon Alley. 

But there’s a glitch in the system, because Sid’s new girlfriend, Ava, has other plans. And Sid learns the hard way that before she can untangle someone else’s family tree, she will have to find her own roots.

Praise for the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures

“A fast-paced whirlwind ride that dives into the fascinating world of Live Action Role Playing. Sid Rubin is one of those brilliant and smart heroines you would happily follow even to the darkest parts of the Web.”—Ileen Maisell, Executive Producer, The Golden Compass

“Hooray for Sid Rubin! Brave, witty and brainy, our teenage adventurer takes us on a techno-caper in the darker corners of cutthroat online gaming, challenging her smarts and her heart.” —Ann Aptaker, author of the award-winning Cantor Gold crime series

“It’s a really good read—a story where the smart kids win, diversity is a fact and we can applaud for the hero Sid, who is a lesbian, and wonderfully it’s a complete non-issue. I’m recommending it for all our libraries.”—Linda Gregory, President, PFLAG Rehoboth Beach, DE

“(It’s) an exhilarating combination of mystery and nerd-world—a touch of steampunk and gamer-grrl—led by a smart, self-aware, awkward but lovable teen protagonist—more interesting and savvier than either the eternally tortured Katniss or Bella.”—Rachel Talalay, Director, Tank Girl, Dr. Who, Sherlock

“Stefani Deoul’s refreshing new YA book passes the proverbial Bechdel test with her protagonist, Sid, who’s not only smart and cool, she’s gay! This self-described geek lesbionic brainiac has nothing to hide, including her crushes on Wonder Woman and her friend’s mom. We bask in Sid’s growing confidence as she takes us along on her further high tech adventures.”—Davina Kotulski, Ph.D., psychologist, activist, author.

“Twists and turns abound in Stefani Deoul’s fast-paced fun new book.  With a clever and sharp heroine, find a comfy chair . . .”—Lee Rose, WGA Nominee, The Truth About Jane; Humanitas Prize Finalist, A Mother’s Prayer

“It’s all very high concept, this stream-of-consciousness monologue that takes place in a split second as our young protagonist falls to her certain death. And yet, it not only works, but it also works magnificently—mostly because Deoul has taken complete control of her young heroine’s voice. Sid is the smartest seventeen-year-old you’ve never met, at once funny and brilliant, forthright and insecure, too-good-to-be-true and utterly real. Once you have met her, you won’t forget her soon.”—Eric Peterson, columnist, NBC OUT

“I felt as if I’d been grabbed by the scruff of the neck and lifted from the ordinary world into a parallel reality fueled by fast action, cracked neurons, and foul play. Accomplished author Stefani Deoul introduces Sid Rubin, a smartass—and actually super-smart—high school kid with a strong conscience and a knack for solving problems. Of course, problems aren’t hard to come by in Sid’s life, especially dangerous ones. Sharp readers will appreciate this steampunk’d, high-tech’d tale.”—Elizabeth Sims, author of the Lambda and Goldie Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Novels

“Absolutely loved this, it stays in the mind, resonates in the heart and makes you smile at the memory. If this doesn’t win awards I will eat my top hat.”—Velvet Lounger, The Lesbian Reading Room

“Deoul never talks down to her audience, especially when in the techno-realm of things—but it is the heart and soul of her characters that will truly capture readers. Populated with much diversity, this series is perfect for our newest generation of “woke” teens.” —

“An exciting mystery adventure for reluctant readers and a great selection for teens who enjoy contemporary fiction.”—Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative

“Writer Stefani Deoul gives us a novel filled with adventure, passion, self-doubt and young love, and it is a terrific read.”—Amos Lassen, Amos Lassen Reviews

STEFANI DEOUL has produced TV series such as The Dead Zone, Brave New Girl, and Haven, and was also the executive in charge of production for the series Dresden Files and Missing. This is her fourth novel.

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