Emmie is quiet, artistic, shy, and self-conscious — and feels practically invisible in the halls of her middle school. Katie, on the other hand, is outgoing, athletic, and confident. When the sappy love note Emmie wrote to a crush as a joke is made public by a bully, she's humiliated; but to Emmie's surprise, Katie comes to her defense. Soon Katie is urging Emmie to finally make her voice be heard.
The more Emmie speaks up, the more she realizes that she likes herself just as she is — and so do other people. Meanwhile, Katie seems to take up less and less space... until a surprising twist reveals that the two girls have more in common than anyone imagined.
All the crushes, humiliations, boredom, and drama of middle school are compressed into one surprising day in this extraordinary graphic novel, the first in the best-selling Emmie and Friends series. This empowering graphic novel carries a powerful message about facing down embarrassment and standing up for yourself.
"Emmie and Katie share a crush on classmate Tyler, and when a sappy love note Emmie writes to Tyler as a joke is made public, Emmie is humiliated.... With frizzy hair and hunched shoulders, Emmie shows up in tiny vignettes, sandwiched between blocks of text, that make her look as small and insignificant as she feels. Katie’s chapters, by contrast, are big, splashy panels that reflect her outgoing personality....A well-executed twist will have readers flipping back to see what they missed while cheering the strides made by Libenson’s no-longer-invisible heroine." -- Publishers Weekly
|9 - 12
|May 2, 2017
|Balzer + Bray
|Emmie & Friends