Written and illustrated by Laura Terry
Victoria and Katia are sisters who went from rural farm to a fancy boarding school far away from their parents, where their faded, second hand uniforms don’t help them fit in.
The first day of school Victoria, the bossy bookworm, falls butt-first into a plate of lasagna, and from there, things only get worse. To escape the terrors of boarding school, Victoria and her unruly little sister Katia go to a ramshackle graveyard. Little do they know, underneath the graveyard there’s a secret world filled with ghost, ghouls, and an evil magician. One stormy night, Katia runs to the graveyard for refuge but tumbles into the evil magician’s clutches, and it’s up to Victoria to save her with the help of some unexpected friends. The sisters ultimately discover that it’s better to be yourself and find your own community, than to fit in for being something you’re not.
Scholastic /Graphix, September 26, 2017. Age Level: 9 and up
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“Terry never loses sight of the idea that even misfits can find community by being themselves.” -Publishers Weekly
“…a fun, original ride.” -School Library Journal
“Affirming girl power and the importance of staying true to yourself, this story will resonate with readers who, like Katia, build relationships on their own terms.” -Kirkus
2017 Junior Library Guild selection
Hey, I’ve got a great idea. Let’s obsessively draw the last person you dated. That sounds like a completely healthy thing for a normal person to do. You’re totally over it. Like 100%.
Here are 3 pages from my new mini-comic, the second volume of Adorable Empire! It (and all of it’s destructive adorableness) will be at SPX this weekend!