Groundwood Books

Your Turn, Adrian

Written by Helena Öberg • Illustrated by Kristin Lidström • Translated by Eva Apelqvist

For students in grades 2 - 5 | Published May 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773061498
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General

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72 pages | 8.875 in × 6.5 in
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About this book

Your Turn, Adrian

Helena Öberg • Kristin Lidström • Eva Apelqvist

Almost every day, Adrian goes to school with knots in his stomach. He feels different from the other children, and alone. Whenever the teacher calls on him, his heart starts to pound and time stops. But he finds respite in his rich imagination — a world full of color and joy in which he is a circus performer, capable of spectacular feats.

One day Adrian encounters a huge wolfhound that seems to be lost. He names her Heidi, takes her home, and soon the two of them are inseparable. Heidi’s comforting presence provides friendship and tranquility, and even enables Adrian to read aloud in front of the class. This brief period of happiness ends when Heidi is reunited with her owner and Adrian finds himself alone again … until a chance meeting leads to a heartwarming discovery.

A beautifully illustrated graphic novel about feeling vulnerable and struggling to meet expectations, and about friendship and the power of the imagination.

About the Creators

Helena Öberg

Helena Öberg has written many highly acclaimed children’s books since her debut in 1994. She and illustrator Kristin Lidström were nominated for Sweden’s August Prize for the original edition of Your Turn, Adrian. Helena has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and teaches creative writing at Berghs School of Communication. She lives in Västerås, Sweden.

Kristin Lidström

Kristin Lidström is an illustrator and designer with a Master of Fine Arts from HDK — Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg. She and author Helena Öberg were nominated for Sweden’s August Prize for the original edition of Your Turn, Adrian. Kristin lives in Gothenburg.

Eva Apelqvist

Awards and Praise

“The minimal text and particular plot twists will garner appreciation from struggling readers; endearing characters and a fresh design will attract many more.” — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

“Öberg and Lidström present an expressionistic story about confidence and connection told in a distinctive visual and narrative style. . . . Throughout this affecting and sensitively told story, wordless sections emphasize mood. . . . these fantastic, dreamlike sequences offer glimpses into Adrian’s blossoming inner life.” — Horn Book

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