For Girls Who Walk Through Fire

Those who would suppress and destroy you stand not a chance when confronted with the power that lays within these pages….

Elliott D’Angelo-Brandt is sick and tired of putting up with it all. Each week, she attends a support group for teen victims of sexual abuse and assault, but all they do is talk. Elliott’s done with talking. What she wants is justice.

And she has a plan for getting it: a spell book that she found in her late mom’s belongings that actually works. Elliott recruits a coven of fellow survivors from the group. She, Madeline, Chloe, and Bea don’t have much in common, but they are united in their rage at a system that heaps judgments on victims and never seems to punish those who deserve it.

As they each take a turn casting a hex against their unrepentant assailants, the girls find themselves leaning on each other in ways they never expected—and realizing that revenge has heavy implications.

Each member of the coven will have to make a choice: continue down the path of magical vigilantism or discover what it truly means to claim their power.

For Girls Who Walk Through Fire is a fierce, deeply moving novel about perseverance in the face of injustice and the transformational power of friendship.


Praise for “For Girls Who Walk Through Fire”

“DeRose unflinchingly examines the impact of sexual assault on teens and the various paths there are toward healing. Each having experienced different types of assault, the girls relive their personal histories via shifting perspectives, providing nuance and complexity. Their healing journeys are both hopeful and realistic, as DeRose presents a cleareyed assessment of the subject, including society’s dismissal of victims’ stories and the difficult path to judicial justice. Their growing friendships are compelling and well depicted . . . . A searing examination of sexual assault centering teen witches who fight back.”

Kirkus Reviews

“DeRose uses witchcraft to underscore both the lasting effects of trauma and the importance of community in healing. A bold and compassionate debut.”


“Fierce, electric, and ultimately empowering, For Girls Who Walk Through Fire is a brave and bold piece of fiction about the discovery of one’s true power, the journey toward healing, and the magical bonds of friendship. For victims who suffer in silence, this novel screams.”

Laurie Faria Stolarz, author of JANE, ANONYMOUS

“Kim DeRose has written a book at once about revenge and identity and friendship and trauma and empowerment and WITCHCRAFT and all the richness of navigating your way through the muck of it all. It’s easy to fall in love with Elliott and her 90’s song references and throwback style as she leads the charge of teenage witches with rage and heart. DeRose’s writing has teeth and all the gooey inner stuff. I sunk into this world and kept turning the pages in solidarity with their mission and with hope they would eventually find what they needed to start the healing journey. I love this book and immediately wanted a sequel which just means I was truly invested in their well being. A testimony to the power of the storytelling by Kim DeRose.”

Bonnie Pipkin, author of AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

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