In Sakita, a small city left behind by the modern world, we meet Anna Ogata, a lonely sixteen-year-old who mostly lives in her own head. Outcast from her peers and loved ones, Anna finds a far more exciting existence in her imagination, where the friends she creates help her make sense of the world around her. Orbiting Anna is LEO, a satellite whose meditations on humanity add an interesting layer to the book's themes of loneliness as he yearns to join the people he watches from above. In Satellite Love, Genki Ferguson shares with us a tender tragedy that highlights the values of connection and being present while asking what it means to truly exist and be real.
In telling the story of one family's journey from Colombia to make new lives for themselves elsewhere, Engel explores the wrenching experience of being uprooted and documents the forces--borders, poverty, immigration polcies, and language barriers--that keep people divided. Making tangible the very real struggle immigrants face and powerfully demonstrating how hope and hearbreak are inextricable from each other, this brief, compelling account of the gritty realities experienced by Elena and Mauro gains further texture by being interwoven with the magic of Andean myth.
For teenagers, it can feel like everything is happening at once--while at the same time, nothing at all is happening. Forsyth Harmon eloquently captures the mixed ennui and loneliness of suburban living in the late' 90s as well as the adrenaline rush that comes with being chosen by someone decidedly cooler than you. In this slim volume, we are privy to Ali’s brief yet profound relationship with the enigmatic Justine who pulls her into a new world of drugs, partying, and eating disorders. Accompanied by simple line illustrations, Justine takes the reader through the heightened emotions of adolescence and messy intensity of female friendships during a decidely fragile time of life.