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Author: Larson, Hope
Illustrator: Larson, Hope
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9780374304850
Grades: Grade 6, Grades 7 to 9

All Summer Long

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Eisner Award-winning-author- illustrator Hope Larson explores a summer of coming-of-age in a graphic novel with bold artwork and warm, muted coloration capturing the emotions of a young girl named Bina.  Set in the summer before grade eight, this wistful tale features the lonely and bored bi-racial heroine left to her own devices when her best friend Austin goes to summer soccer camp. After bingeing on British TV spy shows, learning to play her guitar, discovering babysitting, and enjoying Indie bands, Bina moves out of her comfort zone to more new experiences, navigating friendships and embracing the transitions.  Author Larson depicts single-parent households, same-sex couple adoption, progressive parenting and open communication with sensitivity and humor through the eyes of this believable teen, discovering her identity as she tries to reconnect with her childhood companion in a platonic way. Middle school graphic novel readers will enjoy this celebration of a summer of change.

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