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I write stories about everyday people determined to change their own little parts of the world. Sometimes they live in fictional towns and sometimes they live in real ones. Sometimes there's magic and sometimes there's not. But there's always love--fierce, stubborn, determined love--and in the end, in all its beautifully complicated imperfection, tomorrow always comes.

Streetlight People
Penguin Random House | November 2024

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For most, Streetlight is just a dot on the map. But if you live there, you're either a Have-Not, like Kady, or a Have-Lot like her boyfriend, Nik, who also happens to be a member of the exclusive social club, The IV Boys.

Known for their wealth, The IV Boys have always refused to accept Kady regardless of how much Nik loves her. All the Boys except for Aaron, who didn't grow up in Streetlight and is one of the few who knows that life--real life--exists outside of it.

With Nik at college, Aaron stands by Kady's side. But all Kady really wants is Nik, and when a chance encounter on Halloween hands her the power to twist and hold time, she doesn't hesitate. Now she can keep Nik close for as long as she wants.

While Kady tries to relive her best moments with Nik, The IV Boys spread a rumor that Kady and Aaron are much more than friends--and not even twisting time is enough to defend against the power the Boys were born with,

The more Kady changes the clock, the more dizzying reality becomes, until she stumbles upon a truth darker than anything she could have imagined. Streetlight is filled with monsters--and maybe she's always been one, too.


“An emotional genre bender with a startlingly eerie setting, sparkling prose, and a wholly original concept. Charlene Thomas is an author to watch.” —Jessica Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of The Legacies and The Counselors “Gorgeously written, atmospheric, and deeply intelligent, Streelight People is part mystery, part sci-fi, and wholly original. Thomas tackles heavy topics like fate, identity, and class with grace. Her characters will stay with you long after their final page. You do not want to miss this book.”—Liz Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of The Agathas and The Night in Question “Disorienting and delightful in equal measure, Streetlight People is a gorgeously told Lynchian tale of a claustrophobic small town full of insidious secrets. A gripping story about the measure of power and who gets to use it.”—Joelle Wellington, author of Their Vicious Games “Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, Charlene Thomas throws a curve ball into the space-time continuum in this gorgeously evocative book that will keep you guessing until the very end about the Have-Lots and the Have-Nots who inhabit the magical city of Streetlight.”—Susan Azim Boyer, author of Jasmine Zumideh Needs a Win and The Search For Us “A dreamy story of class division and belonging, so sensory you can almost taste it. Charlene Thomas steers us through the dizzying lattice of the butterfly effect with a deft and attentive hand.”—Isa Arsén, author of Shoot the Moon “Streetlight People is a layered, slow-developing photograph of a novel, with the subtle tension of a shadow moving closer in the corner of your eye. With atmospheric prose and a setting so vivid I felt like I could find it on a map, Thomas expertly pulls you through Streetlight People, toward a satisfying twist that made me want to start over from page one. An entrancing read. —Jill Tew, author of The Dividing Sky “An utterly unique and twisty spin on time travel that will have you wanting to take one of Kady’s candies so you can go back and do it all over again. The last fifty pages will have your jaw on the floor.”—Stacy Stokes, author of Remember Me Gone and The Darkness Rises “Thomas’s fiery entrance into the speculative genre will have readers clawing to uncover countless truths. A story worth reading time and time again, Streetlight People challenges every facet of reality, questions who you can trust, and focuses on the morality of what’s done behind the doors that are meant to keep you out.” —Brianna Peppins, author of the Briarcliff Prep series “There are secrets abound, and more than meets the eye, in Charlene Thomas’s Streetlight People, an alluring story of intrigue set in a small town of the Have-Nots and Have-Lots, a generations-old not so secret society, powerful families, and an ending that will leave you breathless. I absolutely love Kady’s bravery and tenacity and her determination to uncover the truth no matter what the cost, even if the truth ends up revealing something ugly about herself, and I love Charlene’s way of storytelling even more.”—Yasmin Angoe, Anthony-nominated author of Her Name Is Knight

Seton Girls
Penguin Random House | In stores


Seton Academic High is a prep school obsessed with its football team and their thirteen-year conference win streak, a record that players always say they’d never have without Seton’s girls. What exactly Seton girls do to make them so valuable, though, no one ever really says. They’re just “the best.” But the team’s quarterback, the younger brother of the Seton star who started the streak, wants more than regular season glory. He wants a state championship before his successor, Seton’s first Black QB, has a chance to overshadow him. Bigger rewards require bigger risks, and soon the actual secrets to the team’s enduring success leak to a small group of girls who suddenly have the power to change their world forever.


“Legitimately unputdownable. It’s a scathing critique of toxic masculinity wrapped up in a gorgeously written prep-school mystery.”—Becky Albertalli, NYT bestselling author of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda ★”Poignant conversations examining the lack of accountability for wealthy, well-protected men in power permeate this thought-provoking story.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review “A timely examination of consent, power, and who owns the rights to the truth.”–Kirkus Reviews “Thomas executes a smartly plotted debut where every page is fraught with tension…. This bold and unapologetic story of female empowerment will stay with readers long after the last page.”—Booklist “A timely addition to the #MeToo conversation, one that asks important questions about privilege— especially white male privilege—and consent.”—Washington Independent Review of Books

It's You Every Time (previously titled Should Tomorrow Come)
Scholastic | Summer 2025

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A gorgeous love story about grief, how it leaves us stunned, and the day when--against all odds--the world starts turning again. 

In a twist of fate, Sydney Michaels bumps into cute-boy stranger, Marcus Burke, in the heart of midtown NYC during an impromptu morning trip. When he asks her out, they spend the rest of the day together, and Sydney can't believe that after all the loss she's faced in the past two years, this perfect day gets to be hers--until an accident at the end of the night, quite literally, leaves her stuck in it.


Coming soon!

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