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Stepping Stones

By: Lucy Knisley

Jen did not want to leave the city. She did not want to move to a farm with her mom and her mom's new boyfriend, Walter. She did not want to leave her friends and her dad. Most of all, Jen did not want to get new "sisters," Andy and Reese.

If learning new chores on Peapod Farm wasn't hard enough, then having to deal with perfect-at-everything Andy might be the last straw for Jen. Besides cleaning the chicken coop, trying to keep up with the customers at the local farmers' market, and missing her old life, Jen has to deal with her own insecurities about this new family…and where she fits in.

Full-color illustrations drawn in pencil and colored digitally.

ISBN: 9781984896858

JLG Release: Aug 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Graphic novels , Families , Country life , Moving households , Siblings , Farming , Chickens

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City girl Jen is overwhelmed. Following her parents’ divorce, her mother uproots them to the country to live on a small farm. Instead of visiting comic book shops and eating Chinese food, Jen is struggling to make change at the family farm stand, taking care of the chickens, and learning to live with her mom’s bossy, ¬know-it-all boyfriend, Wa City girl Jen is overwhelmed. Following her parents’ divorce, her mother uproots them to the country to live on a small farm. Instead of visiting comic book shops and eating Chinese food, Jen is struggling to make change at the family farm stand, taking care of the chickens, and learning to live with her mom’s bossy, ¬know-it-all boyfriend, Walter, and his daughters, Andy and Reese. Everyone in Jen’s new household seems confident and perfect, especially Andy, who somehow outshines Jen at every turn. Inspired by the author’s own childhood, Knisley’s first middle grade graphic novel soars. She perceptively portrays the highs and lows of being a preteen, from the frustration of living with the fallout of adults’ decisions to the joy of building new families. Her young characters are effectively and sympathetically depicted; all have individual talents and personalities and learn to work together despite their differences. However, the adults, particularly Walter, remain clueless and insensitive—an issue that will hopefully be addressed in future volumes (this title is the first of three interconnected books). The art is lively and colorful with beautifully detailed backgrounds. Jen frequently expresses her angst through charming, stick-figure artwork, which, along with Knisley’s spot-on facial expressions, emphasizes the drama of blended family. This candid, heartwarming look at a child grappling with major changes will resonate with fans of Raina Telgemeier and Svetlana Chmakova and anyone trying to find their place.

Book Details

ISBN

9781984896858

First Release

August 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

RH Graphic

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Graphic novels, Families, Country life, Moving households, Siblings, Farming, Chickens,

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