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A Year Without Mom

Written by Dasha Tolstikova

For students in grades 5 - 9 | Published October 01, 2015 | ISBN 9781554986927
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General

Cover of A Year Without Mom

Regular price $19.95 CAD

176 pages | 8.5 in × 6.5 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

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.

About the Author

Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova is the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir A Year Without Mom, which was a Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book of the Year, a USBBY Outstanding International Books selection, and received four starred reviews. Dasha has illustrated several picture books, including Violet and the Woof by Rebecca Grabill, Friend or Foe? by John Sobol and The Jacket by Kirsten Hall. Her illustrations have also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Bad Chair is the first picture book Dasha has written and illustrated.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2016
  • Commended Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Graphic Novels of the Year, 2015
  • Commended A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, 2016
  • Commended Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year, 2015
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