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Dark Matter of Mona Starr

Dark Matter of Mona Starr

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A bold and original YA graphic novel about one teen's battle to understand her mental illness--and find her creative genius

Sometimes, the world is too much for Mona Starr. She's sweet, geeky, and creative, but it's hard for her to make friends and connect with other people, and her depression seems to take on a vivid, concrete form. She calls it her Matter.

The Matter seems to be everywhere, telling Mona she's not good enough and that everyone around her wishes she'd go away. But with therapy, art, writing, and the persistence of a few good friends, Mona starts to understand her Matter and how she can turn her fears into strengths.

Heartfelt, emotionally vulnerable, and visually stunning, The Dark Matter of Mona Starris a story about battling your inner doubts and fears--and finding your creative genius.

Author: Laura Lee Gulledge
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published: 04/07/2020
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.45lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.50w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781419734236
Audience: Young Adult

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 01/01/2020 pg. 86
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2020
Publishers Weekly 02/24/2020 pg. 72
Booklist 02/15/2020 pg. 46

About the Author
Laura Lee Gulledge is the author of the graphic novels Will & Whit and Page by Paige, which was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award. She is also a teaching artist as seen through her interactive book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Visit her online at

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