The Breakaways

Cathy G. Johnson. First Second, $12.99 paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-62672-357-3
Tricked into joining the soccer team on her first day in middle school, Faith, a loner who is looking for somewhere to fit in, stumbles through practice and lands on the C team. Her teammates are other misfits who are more preoccupied with personal struggles than with soccer, and Faith gradually wins over many of them as friends. Faith also finds escape in her own inner life, which Johnson represents as a series of dreams with a warrior named Mathilda, with whom Faith visits a king and prepares to build a castle. Johnson (Jeremiah) presents an eclectic group of middle schoolers who are exploring issues of gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity, mental health, and more. Using minimal detail, the artwork realistically portrays the characters’ relatable emotions and wide-ranging reactions. Her young people also represent a diverse array of sizes, shapes, colors, and notions of attractiveness. Johnson’s graphic novel will resonate with readers who are figuring out who they are and where they belong. Ages 8–11. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 01/10/2019
Release date: 03/05/2019
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 224 pages - 978-1-250-19694-1
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