King Cheer (Arden High) (Paperback)

King Cheer (Arden High) By Molly Horton Booth, Stephanie Kate Strohm, Jamie Green (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Heartstopper meets Bring It On in this contemporary graphic novel that reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear as a queer dramedy!

When cheer captain Leah steps down months before graduation, the team is shocked. Waitlisted by her dream college, questioning her identity, and suffering from senioritis, Leah needs to hand the captain’s poms off and focus on her future.

But when the competition for captaincy goes awry, power-hungry twins take command of the squad and immediately pit the cheerleaders against the basketball team in a fight for glory. Balls fly, pom-poms shake, hearts are broken—and only one person can heal the rift between the teams. But first she’ll have to heal herself.

As full of heart as it is backflips and three-pointers, King Cheer is a warm and witty story of self-discovery, friendship, and finding the courage to face your future.

About the Author

Stephanie Kate Strohm (she/her) is also the coauthor of Twelfth Grade Night. At sixteen, she played Cordelia in King Lear and suffered through a terrible crush on Edmund, and at seventeen, she picked up her first pair of pom poms. She’s online at and on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @StephKateStrohm.

Molly Horton Booth (they/she) is also the coauthor of Twelfth Grade Night. Molly grew up homeschooled, secretly longing to be a cheerleader. They earned their MA in English from UMass Boston (studying—twist!—Shakespeare), and now live with their partner and pet family in Baltimore. Her website is and Instagram is @MollyHortonBooth.

Jamie Green (they/them) is a book illustrator, content creator, and alum of Ringling College of Art and Design '20. When they aren't doing illustration for books, they can be found tattooing, lifting weights, or exploring outdoors. You can find Jamie on Instagram and Twitter @JamieMGreenArt or Jamie Green on YouTube.

Praise For…

“Delightful. . . . A wonderful set of twists even to those familiar with the inspiring material. The art here is beautifully expressive.” —Booklist, starred review

“Wholeheartedly committed to goofiness and fun. . . . Confident and endearing . . . high-spirited drama.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Twelfth Grade Night
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2022

"Magical and full of queer joy—this book is such a dream!" —Alice Oseman, New York Times best-selling author of Heartstopper and Loveless

"Twelfth Grade Night is a heartfelt and expressive graphic novel with memorable characters, emotive art, and an engaging story. I loved it!" —Kevin Panetta, author of Bloom

"Twelfth Grade Night cast a spell on me! A winning combination of fantasy, fun, humor, and heart." —Faith Erin Hicks, New York Times best-selling co-creator of Pumpkinheads

"High school pranks, youthful dialogue, and a bright color palette make for a fun and inviting comedy to dive into, and a charismatic supporting cast offers plenty of material for more Shakespearean hijinks in future volumes." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781368081115
ISBN-10: 1368081118
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Arden High