Operatic

Operatic

Written by: Maclear, Kyo
Illustrated by: Eggenschwiler, Byron
ages 10 to 14 / grades 5 to 9

A story of friendship, first crushes, opera and the high drama of middle school told by award-winning Kyo Maclear in her debut graphic novel.

Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you.

It’s almost the end of middle school, and Charlie has to find her perfect song for a music class assignment. But it’s hard for Charlie to concentrate when she can’t stop noticing her classmate Emile, or wondering about Luka, who hasn’t been to school in weeks.

Then, the class learns about opera, and Charlie discovers the music of Maria Callas. The more she learns about Maria’s life, the more Charlie admires her passion for singing and her ability to express herself fully through her music. Can Charlie follow the example of the ultimate diva, Maria Callas, when it comes to her own life?

Key Text Features
speech bubbles
captions
bibliography

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

A story of friendship, first crushes, opera and the high drama of middle school told by award-winning Kyo Maclear in her debut graphic novel.

Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you.

It’s almost the end of middle school, and Charlie has to find her perfect song for a music class assignment. But it’s hard for Charlie to concentrate when she can’t stop noticing her classmate Emile, or wondering about Luka, who hasn’t been to school in weeks.

Then, the class learns about opera, and Charlie discovers the music of Maria Callas. The more she learns about Maria’s life, the more Charlie admires her passion for singing and her ability to express herself fully through her music. Can Charlie follow the example of the ultimate diva, Maria Callas, when it comes to her own life?

Key Text Features
speech bubbles
captions
bibliography

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Apr 1, 2019
Specifications pages | 6.5 in x 9 in

Praise for author Kyo Maclear, illustrator Byron Eggenschwiler and Operatic:

Finalist Red Maple Award, 2020

Finalist, Joe Shuster Award — The Dragon Award, 2020

Finalist Cybils Award for Elementary/ Middle Grade Graphic Novels, 2019

Quill & Quire Books of the Year for Kids, 2019

The List — Toronto Public Library, 2020

Nominee Black-Eyed Susan Book Award — Graphic Novels, Grades 6-9, 2020


“Opera is an unusual but pitch-perfect match for that swell of overwhelming feeling, and Maclear.” — Booklist, starred review

“Brimming with raw emotion, music references, and gorgeous art, this memorable and relatable graphic novel will linger with readers.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Operatic offers a deft look at adolescence, rich but subtle, accessible but beautifully complex… Maclear has created a setting and a cast of characters that feel extraordinarily fresh, alive, and, above all, very real… Eggenschwiler’s visual metaphors create their own network of social, emotional, and sensory connections. … This book will delight not only young people and graphic-novel aficionados but anyone who believes that art — especially opera — is a powerful force in the world. ” — Quill & Quire, starred review

“Maclear and Eggenschwiler cleverly weave together story, visual art, and music. … Clever and contemplative, with music history readers might find unexpectedly fun.” — Kirkus Reviews

Operatic displays a beautiful, poetic and subtle interplay between text and image. A sensitively written, and knowing portrayal of early teen life, highlighting the formative and identity-forming role that music plays in those years. The illustrations are loose and lovely, pairing quiet, realistic portrayals of the awkwardness of everyday life in high school, with metaphoric, imaginative images of inner worlds.” — Julie Morstad, award-winning illustrator of Bloom; Julia, Child; and This Is Sadie

Operatic reveals an optimism that I find generally missing from comics. I loved Byron Eggenschwiler’s flowing, layered illustrations and I was hit in the gut by Kyo Maclear’s story about the magic and frustration of art and adolescence. Like all of Kyo’s work, this book is not only an invitation to read, but to create.” — Matthew Forsythe, two-time Eisner Award–nominated illustrator and Emmy Award-winning designer of Adventure Time

Operatic is a sweet read. Maclear’s charming, understated writing and Eggenschwiler’s inventive cartooning are a perfect match.” — Hope Larson, Eisner Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling creator of A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel 

Operatic is stunning; reading through it reminded me why I love comics. The atmosphere is tantalizing and rich, and the story is not one I will soon forget.” — Tillie Walden, two-time Eisner Award nominee and Ignatz Award–winning creator of the graphic novels Spinning, On a Sunbeam, and Are You Listening?

“Kyo Maclear’s debut middle-grade graphic novel is every bit as witty, charming and deliciously subtle as her award-winning picture books. Operatic, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler, is a riveting story about the power of music, friendship and discovering what makes us all different.” — Globe and Mail

Audience ages 10 to 14 / grades 5 to 9
Reading Levels Lexile GN480L
Key Text Features speech bubbles; captions; bibliography
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3