Wish Upon a Satellite

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Ciel and their friends are growing up, and there are big challenges ahead.

The glaciers are melting and the climate crisis is on their mind, but nothing shakes the foundations of non-binary teen Ciel’s world more than sharing an unexpected kiss with their best friend, Stephie. Everything they thought was clear is suddenly all mixed up—and that’s without the new problems at school: sexting, peer pressure, and overdue book reports.

In this new book for teens, Sophie Labelle’s beloved characters first introduced in Ciel and Ciel in All Directions are leaving childhood behind and grappling with new questions of identity, loyalty, and how to negotiate dating and relationships in the age of social media.

Praise & Recognition

"This latest installment in Ciel’s daily adventures shifts into high gear from the first page... The rambling narration balances snark and sincerity. Ciel’s openness about their queerness and neurodivergence is at once playful and vulnerable... Unapologetic and critically engaged."

Kirkus Reviews

“Relatable, gently funny, and achingly real, Wish Upon a Satellite is a teen story both timely and timeless.”

Open Book

“Labelle is in no short supply of her quirky comedic sense … If you want a cozy comfort read about trans friends just living the minutiae of life, then give this one a read. Trans friends! Just hanging out! Not dying!”

Geek Girl Authority

“While Ciel is increasingly comfortable in their skin, dating and finding love is a whole new world, and Labelle isn’t afraid to show Ciel’s emotional turbulence while they figure out who they are attracted to and attempt to sort out the range of emotions that come with early romantic experiences … Labelle also explores the important issues of sexting, consent, and boundaries … Sexting has become increasingly common amongst teenagers, and the novel illustrates the risks and consequences of their online activity.” -Rachel Seigel, Canadian Children’s Book News

Palmer Library Review

"Ciel’s narrative represents the inner voice of most teenagers, so the author succeeds in reminding teenage readers to reflect on themselves."


Publication Date: May 3, 2022

Reading Age: 13 - 19

Genre: Teen, Children's Fiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 272

ISBN: 978-1-77260-257-9

Sophie Labelle

About the Author

Sophie Labelle

Sophie Labelle is an internationally renowned visual artist and author from the South shore of Montreal, in French Canada. She is the transgender cartoonist behind Assigned Male, a webcomic about a group of queer and trans teenagers that has been running since 2014 and has touched millions of readers. She lives in Finland.

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