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Sylvie



by
Sylvie Kantorovitz

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536207620
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Discrimination: Religious
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In a wise and witty graphic memoir, a young artist finds her path apart from the expectations of those around her.

Sylvie lives in a school in France. Her father is the principal, and her home is an apartment at the end of a hallway of classrooms. As a young child, Sylvie and her brother explore this most unusual kingdom, full of small mysteries and quirky surprises. But in middle and high school, life grows more complicated. Sylvie becomes aware of her parents’ conflicts, the complexities of shifting friendships, and what it means to be the only Jewish family in town. She also begins to sense that her perceived “success” relies on the pursuit of math and science—even though she loves art. In a funny and perceptive graphic memoir, author-illustrator Sylvie Kantorovitz traces her first steps as an artist and teacher. The text captures her poignant questioning and her blossoming confidence, while the droll illustrations depict her making art as both a means of solace and self-expression. An affecting portrait of a unique childhood, Sylvie connects the ordinary moments of growing up to a life rich in hope and purpose.Author’s note. Full-color digital illustrations “except the characters’ artwork, which was done in traditional media.”

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Religious

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

352

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

3.1: points 2

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Graphic Novels, Autobiography/Biography, Memoir

Topics

Girls and women. Acceptance. Religion. Artists. Antisemitism. Religious differences. Europe. France. Education. Life choices. Jewish families. Schools. Childhood. Family life. Friendship. Coming of age.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Author-illustrator Kantorovitz’s (Zig and the Magic Umbrella, rev. 5/15) graphic memoir is an engaging and thoughtful story of an observant child who grows into a young adult eager to pursue teaching and art. Kantorovitz and her siblings lived at a teacher-training college in France where her father was the principal. They had the run of the campus, and Sylvie eventually moved into her own private room, a “kingdom” separate from her family’s apartment. Her childhood was marked by her mother’s moods and her high academic expectations for Sylvie—“it doesn’t count if the others also got As.” With relatively few words, Kantorovitz describes her parents’ difficult marriage and the support she received from her father; it was he who encouraged Sylvie’s love of and talent for art. The book’s design is open and friendly. Large cartoon-style illustrations, sometimes just one to a page, are uncluttered and attractive, making them inviting even while they explore difficult themes, including Sylvie’s fear that her Jewish faith will set her apart from her friends and classmates. Even at a hefty 350-plus pages, the book looks so approachable that it will likely attract a wide range of readers who will discover a strong story about navigating family, school, and friendships while finding one’s purpose. MAEVE VISSER KNOTH

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Author-illustrator Kantorovitz’s (Zig and the Magic Umbrella, rev. 5/15) graphic memoir is an engaging and thoughtful story of an observant child who grows into a young adult eager to pursue teaching and art. Kantorovitz and her siblings lived at a teacher-training college in France where her father was the principal. They had the run of the campus, and Sylvie eventually moved into her own private room, a “kingdom” separate from her family’s apartment. Her childhood was marked by her mother’s moods and her high academic expectations for Sylvie—“it doesn’t count if the others also got As.” With relatively few words, Kantorovitz describes her parents’ difficult marriage and the support she received from her father; it was he who encouraged Sylvie’s love of and talent for art. The book’s design is open and friendly. Large cartoon-style illustrations, sometimes just one to a page, are uncluttered and attractive, making them inviting even while they explore difficult themes, including Sylvie’s fear that her Jewish faith will set her apart from her friends and classmates. Even at a hefty 350-plus pages, the book looks so approachable that it will likely attract a wide range of readers who will discover a strong story about navigating family, school, and friendships while finding one’s purpose. MAEVE VISSER KNOTH

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