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Marshmallow & Jordan



written and illustrated by
Alina Chau

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
First Second
ISBN
9781250300607
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A middle-grade graphic novel about a disabled, sports-loving Jordan, and the magical elephant named Marshmallow who she befriends.

Jordan's days as star player for her school's basketball team ended when an accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. Now, she's still the team captain, but her competition days seem to be behind her...until an encounter with a mysterious elephant, who she names Marshmallow, helps Jordan discover a brand new sport.

Will water polo be the way for Jordan to continue her athletic dreams--or will it just come between Jordan and her best friends on the basketball team? And with the big tournament right around the corner, what secret is Marshmallow hiding?

Author’s note. Glossary. Indonesian food facts and facts about Indonesia. Full-color illustrations hand-painted with watercolor on paper and digitally composited in Photoshop.

 

 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

384

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

GN340L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2022

Book Genres

Sports, Magical Realism, Graphic Novels

Topics

Accidents. Paralysis. Basketball players. Sports and recreation. Water polo. Imagination. Elephants. Disabilities and special needs. Indonesia.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Jordan is a young basketball star in Indonesia. She's named after Michael Jordan and even sports the number 23 on her jersey. An accident left her paralyzed from the waist down, and Jordan now uses a wheelchair. She's allowed to play with her team at practice but not at games, a restriction that Jordan and her teammates find frustrating. Post-practice one day, she finds a wounded white elephant who follows her home. Everyone is charmed by Marshmallow, as Jordan names the adorable creature. She prays to Lord Ganesh, a Hindu deity with the head of an elephant, to help Marshmallow get better. The elephant becomes something of a mascot to the team and helps Jordan figure out how much she loves swimming. Her coach recommends her for an open spot on the water polo team, but the girls don't immediately take to her and question her capability at the sport due to her disability. There's a bit of friendship drama, but nothing an honest conversation can't fix. Marshmallow and Jordan remain very close, even when it comes to light that Marshmallow might have an astonishing backstory. Vibrant shades and precise watercolors define Chau's gorgeous illustrations. Jordan and most of the other characters are brown; some students are white. The story's back matter contains a short glossary of Indonesian terms, food recommendations, and a note on how the climate crisis is affecting the area. VERDICT An enchanting graphic novel about a girl and her elephant with truly lovely artwork. Highly recommended.-Gretchen Hardin, Bee Cave P.L., TX

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Jordan is a young basketball star in Indonesia. She's named after Michael Jordan and even sports the number 23 on her jersey. An accident left her paralyzed from the waist down, and Jordan now uses a wheelchair. She's allowed to play with her team at practice but not at games, a restriction that Jordan and her teammates find frustrating. Post-practice one day, she finds a wounded white elephant who follows her home. Everyone is charmed by Marshmallow, as Jordan names the adorable creature. She prays to Lord Ganesh, a Hindu deity with the head of an elephant, to help Marshmallow get better. The elephant becomes something of a mascot to the team and helps Jordan figure out how much she loves swimming. Her coach recommends her for an open spot on the water polo team, but the girls don't immediately take to her and question her capability at the sport due to her disability. There's a bit of friendship drama, but nothing an honest conversation can't fix. Marshmallow and Jordan remain very close, even when it comes to light that Marshmallow might have an astonishing backstory. Vibrant shades and precise watercolors define Chau's gorgeous illustrations. Jordan and most of the other characters are brown; some students are white. The story's back matter contains a short glossary of Indonesian terms, food recommendations, and a note on how the climate crisis is affecting the area. VERDICT An enchanting graphic novel about a girl and her elephant with truly lovely artwork. Highly recommended.-Gretchen Hardin, Bee Cave P.L., TX

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