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A Year Without Mom

Written by Dasha Tolstikova

For kids 10 - 14 years old | Published September 24, 2015 | ISBN 9781554986934
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General

Cover of A Year Without Mom

Regular price $14.95 CAD

176 pages | 8.50 in × 6.50 in
Digital Format

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About this book

A Year Without Mom

Dasha Tolstikova

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.

Awards and Praise
A lovely portrayal in words and art of a year in the life of an engaging tween girl from the other side of the world.
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2016
  • 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 Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Graphic Novels of the Year, 2015