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Jimmy Gownley Returns in November

Jimmy Gownley, author of the Amelia Rules! graphic novel series, last put out a comic in 2014, when his autobiographical The Dumbest Idea Ever was released.

Now comes news that he’s got a new book coming out later this year. 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up is due in November from Graphix, and according to his tweet, he’s been working on it for four years.

7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up

It’s aimed at ages 8-12 and will be available as a dust-jacketed hardcover ($24.99), paperback ($12.99), and ebook ($7.99). Here’s the publisher’s description:

The kids at prestigious Greycliff Academy are in for a surprise when their hero, Kirby Finn, turns out to be something he’s not.

To the students at exclusive Greycliff Academy, Kirby seems to have it all: charm, brains, and a lucky streak that won’t quit. He’s also the notorious mastermind behind the snarky videos, “7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up,” which expose how being an adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Why would any kid want to become one of them?

But there’s also a mystery about Kirby. And when his best friend, Raja, finds out that Kirby isn’t the person he’s pretending to be, Kirby, Raja, and their friends may be forced to grow up sooner than they think and face the world head-on.

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Johanna Draper Carlson has been reviewing comics for over 20 years. She manages ComicsWorthReading.com, the longest-running independent review site online that covers all genres of comic books, graphic novels, and manga. She has an MA in popular culture, studying online fandom, and was previously, among many other things, webmaster for DC Comics. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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