On a Sunbeam

By: Tillie Walden

Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781250178145

JLG Release: Nov 2018


Sensitive Areas: Mild sexual themes, Strong language, Violence, Homophobia
Topics: Space , Boarding schools , Friendships , First love , Loneliness , Architecture , Graphic novels

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine

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This serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel tells Mia and Grace’s story in two alternating, far-future timelines, each initially distinguished by a different limited palette. In the first timeline, depicted in mostly purple tones, eighteen-year-old Mia tries to find her place among the tight-knit crewmates of a tiny spacecraft as they work to This serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel tells Mia and Grace’s story in two alternating, far-future timelines, each initially distinguished by a different limited palette. In the first timeline, depicted in mostly purple tones, eighteen-year-old Mia tries to find her place among the tight-knit crewmates of a tiny spacecraft as they work to restore an abandoned space structure. In the second, set five years earlier at an intergalactic boarding school and shown in blues, Mia befriends mysterious new arrival Grace; the two girls fall deeply in love and are ultimately, traumatically separated by forces beyond their control. As connections between the narratives emerge, the palettes blend and expand into a full spectrum of sunset hues to portray the young women’s emotionally and logistically highstakes reunion on Grace’s dangerous home planet. Walden immerses readers in a uniquely imagined and compelling sci-fi universe with a cast that’s refreshingly and matter-of-factly female-centric, orientation-inclusive, and racially diverse. (A subplot about nonbinary crew member Elliot is also welcome.) But the inventive cosmology is almost incidental to the plot and development of the interpersonal relationships, which, as in Walden’s graphic memoir Spinning (rev. 11/17), are rooted in the idea of not just finding but actively and consciously creating yourself, love, and your family. At over five hundred pages, this is a hefty but pageturning and profoundly moving read. katie bircher

Book Details

ISBN

9781250178145

First Release

November 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Page Count

544

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild sexual themes, Strong language, Violence, Homophobia

Topics

Space, Boarding schools, Friendships, First love, Loneliness, Architecture, Graphic novels,

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