Empress of the World
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
first published in 2001
Empress of the World is about friendship, love, and the sometimes blurry lines between the two. Nicola Lancaster comes to the Siegel Summer Institute for Gifted Youth to decide whether or not she wants to be an archaeologist. She doesn’t expect to make the best friends she’s ever had, and she especially doesn’t expect to fall in love with another girl.
Empress is an Oregon Book Award winner, an ALABest Book for Young Adults and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.
The book includes an introduction by David Levithan and three short stories featuring characters from the books: “Me and Edith Head,” “Click,” and the never-before published “Comparative Anatomy.”