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About the Book
Author: Marika McCoola
Illustrator: Aatmaja Pandya
Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel
Publishing date: June 7, 2022
Rep: LGBT, Queer, Mental Health
From Eisner-Award nominated writer Marika McCoola and debut artist Aatmaja Pandya, an emotional coming-of-age graphic novel for fans of Bloom and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me.
Right before Jade is about to leave for a summer art intensive, her best friend, Phoebe, attempts suicide. How is Jade supposed to focus on herself right now?
But at the Art Farm, Jade has artistic opportunities she’s been waiting for her whole life. And as she gets to know her classmates, she begins to fall for whimsical, upbeat, comfortable-in-her-own-skin Mary. Jade pours herself into making ceramic monsters that vent her stress and insecurities, but when she puts her creatures in the kiln, something unreal happens: they come to life. And they’re taking a stand: if Jade won’t confront her problems, her problems are going to confront her, including the scariest of them all—if Jade grows, prospers, and even falls in love this summer, is she leaving Phoebe behind?
Marika McCoola is an illustrator, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of Baba Yaga’s Assistant. She studied illustration, art history, creative writing, and ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and received her BFA in Illustration in 2009. Marika then went on to study creative writing and children’s literature at Simmons College, receiving an MFA in Writing for Children in 2012.
In addition to writing, illustrating, editing, and consulting, Marika works in publishing. She is one of the former owners of Porter Square Books and has taught online for the State University of New York: Empire State College, Skidmore College, and Bard College at the Care Center. She currently resides in Somerville, MA, where she enjoys cooking adventurously and bicycling everywhere.
Marika is passionate about effective education, hybrid storytelling mediums, and access to outdoor spaces. She welcomes opportunities to collaborate and enjoys nothing more than a spirited discussion or brainstorming session.
I am a cartoonist and illustrator born and raised in New York! I graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2014 (BFA Illustration) and have been illustrating professionally ever since. I like making work about nature, music, and feelings that you can’t quite put into words.