About this book
A Year Without Mom
A Year Without Mom follows twelve-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America.
It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air. But Dasha is more worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother. Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America — a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she loves.
This gorgeous and subtly illustrated graphic novel signals the emergence of Dasha Tolstikova as a major new talent.
About the Author
Dasha Tolstikova’s illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her graphic-novel memoir, A Year Without Mom, has received three starred reviews and has been translated into Korean and Swedish. She has also illustrated The Jacket, written by Kirsten Hall, a New York Times Notable Book.
Awards and Praise
- Commended Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year, 2015
- Commended A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, 2016
- Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2016
- Commended Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Graphic Novels of the Year, 2015