Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?
Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, explores how mental and physical health can intertwine and normalizes therapy and counseling as options for when you can't manage worries on your own. It's a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face — and conquer — her fears.
"Telgemeier frames the girl’s panic attacks accessibly as sickly circles of green crowded with big, blocky words ('pain drowning choking death bad at math'). Raina’s parents take her to see therapist Lauren, who helps her to ground her fears and gain enough emotional strength to reconcile herself to changing friend dynamics, and an IBS diagnosis clarifies the way that mind and body can intertwine. Moments of elementary school drama are portrayed with credibility, and the story both normalizes therapy and shows a child developing useful coping mechanisms for anxiety in a way that will reassure, even inspire, readers." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Sep 17, 2019|