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Candlewick signs Maggie Thrash for graphic memoir

An image from Thrash’s webcomic Can’t Lose if You Don’t Play

Children’s book publisher Candlewick Press announced the acquisition of a new graphic novel this week: Honor Girl, by Maggie Thrash. This will be Thrash’s first full-length work in print; she writes fiction and nonfiction for Rookie Magazine and is the creator of the webcomic Can’t Lose If You Don’t Play.

Here’s the 411 on the new book:

Honor Girl is set in a century old summer camp for girls nestled in the hills of Appalachia where Maggie spent each and every one of her young summers, and where her fifteen-year-old self stumbled into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to the Backstreet-Boys-obsessed Maggie) female counselor. Maggie’s awakening is so much more than a coming-out story; it isn’t preachy, or flamboyant, or full of self-loathing, it’s just realistic and it’s just complicated. Already a fan of Honor Girl, Ira Glass says, “Though I am neither a teenage girl nor a lesbian, I found this story super-real and relatable.”

The book will be in full color and will be available in Fall 2015.

Publishers Weekly also noted that Candlewick has picked up the third book in Stephan Pastis’s Timmy Failure series.

Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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