Synopses & Reviews
A coming-of-age tale with a spooky twist!
Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, its time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend—one who isnt one of her brothers.
Funny, surprising, and tender, Friends with Boys is a pitch perfect YA graphic novel full of spooky supernatural fun.
"After being homeschooled her whole life, Maggie is starting high school at a public school and she's understandably terrified. Anxiously she goes to school and eventually makes a few friends that others might consider weird because of how they look, but they turn out to be good comrades. In the midst of this easy-to-read slice-of-life action, Maggie is also being haunted by a female ghost who died about 200 years ago. Despite the addition of the ghost to the story, the graphic novel continues in realism mode, instead of shifting to a horror tale. And while the book starts out strongly, it leaves many things unanswered, like why Maggie's mother left or what the ghost wants, leading to a somewhat abrupt ending. Maggie is a likable main character, however, and her anxiety about school is well portrayed, while Hicks's black and white art is sharp and comically expressive. Ages 12 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
* YALSA Outstanding Book for the College Bound and#160;* IPPY Independent Voice Award Winnerand#160; * Texas Library Association (TLA) Maverick Graphic Novels Reading Listand#160; * CCBC Choicesand#160; * YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nomineeand#160; * CBC Teen Choice Book of the Year Award Nomineeand#160; * Cybils Children's and Young Adult Blogger Awards Nomineeand#160; * IndieFab Award Finalist
"Beyerand#8217;s debut captures her introspection with earnest, appealing black-and-white panels. . .Wary college-bound students will find comfort in this sincere and endearing look at freshman year." - Booklist
"An autobiographical graphic pastiche recounts the author's experience of leaving her rural hometown and going to art school in a new city. . .her story is easy to relate to and recommended..." - Kirkus Reviews
"Refreshing and unusual . . . . [Little Fish is] about the joys of being in a new place as a college freshman. It's about new starts, simple pleasures, rapid friendships created by being in a similar set of circumstances and the mix of stress and exhilaration that a challenging environment creates."@- Rob Clough, High-Low Comics@
"I think it should be everyone's back-to-school read . . . Meeting new friends, falling for someone for the first time, questioning your artistic and life-plan choices, beginning to understand the world outside of your personal bubble-it's all here, in compulsively readable form. I laughed, I nodded along when I recognized my own experiences, and, most of all, I wished I could send it back in time to high school me. I would have felt so much more prepared to conquer freshman year If I'd read this book." - Stephanie Kuehnert, Rookie
"Beyer's autobiographical coming-of-age story is a wonderful mix of comics, lists, collages, journal entries and more. Utterly charming!" - Atomic Books
"This sweet, charmingly simple graphic novel will resonate with many young adults preparing to go off to school, and maybe even more strongly with those who have left their college years behind" - ForeWord Reviews
Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student. Written in an autobiographical style with beautiful artwork, Little Fish shows the challenges of being a young person facing the world on her own for the very first time and the uneaseand#8212;as well as excitementand#8212;that comes along with that challenge.
About the Author
is a comic artist and freelance illustrator living in Philadelphia. She is the author and illustrator of two autobiographical graphic novels,andnbsp;Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year
(Zest, 2013), and Year One
(2012). Beyer has also been published in several books, including Fanzines
by Teal Triggs, Make a Zine!
, and Don't Leave Your Friends Behind.