June 7, 2019

First Friday 5: June 2019

Written and illustrated by Lisa Naffziger

Minus is a thriller about Beck, who is on her way to college with her father. But Beck isn't a typical  student. She has been homeschooled her whole life by her overprotective father, and readers are carried on a mysterious journey when a routine pit stop leads to Beck finding herself stranded at a convenience store after a robbery gone horribly wrong. With her father missing and no phone or way to get to school, Beck has no choice but to find a way to get herself where she needs to go.

New Kid
Written and illustrated by Jerry Craft

Jordan Banks loves drawing, but his parents insist that he focus more heavily on academics. So Jordan starts seventh grade at a prestigious private school where he is one of the only kids of color in his entire grade. But going between two worlds – his neighborhood friends and his private school friends – gets tough when he finds himself questioning who he is and who he wants to be.

Sincerely, Harriet
Written and illustrated by Sarah Winifred Searle

Harriet Flores is suffering through a long and hot summer in 1990s Chicago, both of boredom and a chronic illness. To cope with both, and to process her recent discovery that she has a crush on a girl, she begins to write letters. Her elderly neighbor Pearl lends Harriet books to read, and between the stories she writes and the stories she reads, Harriet gets to know herself in ways she'd never dreamed she could.

This Place: 150 Years Retold
by David A. Robertson, Jen Storm, Katherena Vermette, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Richard Van Camp, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, and Sonny Assu

This Place is a graphic anthology that explores the past 150 years of Canadian history from an Indigenous perspective. Created entirely by First Nation authors and illustrators, the book begins with the arrival of the Europeans in North America, and each subsequent story carries readers further into the present, even venturing into a speculative future in 2350.

This Was Our Pact
Written and illustrated by Ryan Andrews

Every year, on the night of the Autumn Equinox Festival, the town floats paper lanterns down the river. Local legend says that they will float down the river before veering off to join the Milky Way and turn into stars. This year, Ben and his friends have made a pact to see if that's really true. They're going to follow the lanterns the whole way, and there's no turning back. But sure enough, after a while, Ben finds himself to be last man standing. Last man, that is, except for Nathaniel, the super awkward kid who invited himself along. Both of them are determined to have the adventure of a lifetime, which is good because the first thing they encounter is a talking bear.

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