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Oh hi there.


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Oh hi there.


Hey, so, I'm Rafi Mittlefehldt, and I'm a young adult author. My first book, It Looks Like This, comes out September 6, 2016 from Candlewick Press. This site is where you'll be able to find out all sorts of things about me, the book, events, pie recipes probably, and future novels.

Okay! That's that out of the way. There'll be plenty more to come, once I figure out what it all is. In the meantime, why not sign up below for my newsletter to keep up with the latest?

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About Me


About Me


Things about me:

  • I live in Brooklyn with my husband Damien and our dog Betty. Damien and Betty are native New Yorkers, but I was born in Israel and grew up in Texas.
  • Rafi is short for Rafael.
  • My name was supposed to be spelled Raphael but Dad forgot which spelling he and Mom preferred when he was filling out the birth certificate.
  • I can make balloon animals.
  • I'm a Baron in the Principality of Sealand, and a Reverend with the Universal Life Church. Basically if some entity offers honorific titles online with minimal effort on my part, I am all about it.
  • My name is green and yellow according to my color alphabet.
  • I'm a Ravenclaw with some Hufflepuff tendencies.
  • I used to be a reporter for a small town newspaper in Georgetown, Texas. Once I wrote an article about people in town who shared names with famous people. There was a Woodrow Wilson and four Charlie Browns.
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It Looks Like This


It Looks Like This


It Looks Like This.  Sept. 6, 2016. Candlewick Press.

A new state, a new city, a new high school. Mike’s father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don’t want to go. Dad wants Mike to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, but there’s something uneasy behind his demands.

Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and “hey” becomes games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school. A night at the beach. The fierce colors of sunrise. But Mike’s father is always watching. And so is Victor from school, cell phone in hand.

In guarded, Carveresque prose that propels you forward with a sense of stomach-dropping inevitability, Rafi Mittlefehldt tells a wrenching tale of first love and loss that exposes the undercurrents of a tidy suburban world. Heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming, It Looks Like This is a novel of love and family and forgiveness — of others and especially of yourself.


It Looks Like This is a YA, gay coming-of-age novel. It means a whole lot to me, and I feel incredibly lucky that it's my debut.

And holy hell I love this cover. It was designed by the brilliant Matt Roeser.

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News & Events


News & Events


NoVa TEEN Book Festival

Saturday, March 11. Washington Lee High School, Arlington, VA.

The 4th annual NoVa TEEN 2017 festival celebrating Young Adult (YA) fiction. It’s a free, day-long event packed with books, authors, and activities in Arlington, Virginia. It’s the first event of its kind in the Arlington and Washington DC-metro area. Book lovers of all ages are welcome! #NTBF17


NYC Teen Author Festival

March 18-26. New York City

The 10th annual NYCTAF is almost here! It's a week full of signings, readings, books, music, activism, and a whole lot more. You'll find me at WORD Jersey City on Tues, March 21; and of course at the Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder on Sunday, March 26. Full schedule is here. Stop by!


It Looks Like This is an Indies Introduce pick for Fall 2016!

The American Booksellers Association has chosen It Looks Like This to be one of its Indies Introduce picks for the Summer/Fall 2016 season. More info at the link!

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