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On a Sunbeam



by
Tillie Walden

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
First Second
ISBN
9781250178145

Awards and Honors
2019 EGL Award Finalist, Young Adult Fiction
2019 L.A. Times Book Prize Winner, Graphic Novel/Comic
2019 Hugo Award Finalist, Best Graphic Story
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2018
CPL Best Books, Teen Graphic Novels - 2018
NYPL Best Books - 2018
School Library Journal Best Books - 2018
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Discrimination: Sexuality
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An epic graphic novel about a girl who travels to the ends of the universe to find a long lost love, from acclaimed author Tillie Walden.
Throughout the deepest reaches of space, a crew rebuilds beautiful and broken-down structures, painstakingly putting the past together. As Mia, the newest member, gets to know her team, the story flashes back to her pivotal year in boarding school, where she fell in love with a mysterious new student. When Mia grows close to her new friends, she reveals her true purpose for joining their ship—to track down her long-lost love.
An inventive world, a breathtaking love story, and stunning art come together in this new work by award-winning artist Tillie Walden.
Full-color illustrations.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Discrimination: Sexuality

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

544

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

GN210L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2018

Book Genres


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, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews

Horn Book

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

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

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

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