A Year Without Mom

A Year Without Mom

Written by: Tolstikova, Dasha
Illustrated by: Tolstikova, Dasha
ages 10 to 14 / grades 5 to 9

Now available in paperback, Dasha Tolstikova’s acclaimed graphic novel 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.

Dasha Tolstikova’s major talent is on full display in this gorgeous and subtly illustrated graphic novel.

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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7
Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Now available in paperback, Dasha Tolstikova’s acclaimed graphic novel 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.

Dasha Tolstikova’s major talent is on full display in this gorgeous and subtly illustrated graphic novel.

Key Text Features
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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7
Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Sep 24, 2015
Specifications 168 pages | 6.5 in x 8.5 in

"Deceptively simple, but with great narrative sophistication . . . Fascinating and heartfelt." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"An absorbing graphic memoir. . . . Readers will wish the sequel were available instantly." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"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." — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"The author includes authentic details . . . and, with personality and sincerity, creates an accessible, truthful, and relatable record for readers of a different generation." — Horn Book Magazine, STARRED REVIEW

“Tolstikova has real insight into the minds of tweens [and] a keen ear for the nuances of tween conversation.” — CM Review of Materials

Audience ages 10 to 14 / grades 5 to 9
Reading Levels Lexile 690L
Guided Reading W
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Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7