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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

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A memoir about friendship, gender, bullies, growth, punk rock, and the power of the perfect outfit . . .

Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, but she wasn't exactly one of the guys either (as she learned when her little league baseball coach exiled her to the distant outfield). She was somewhere in between. But with the forces of middle school, high school, parents, friendship, and romance pulling her this way and that, the middle wasn't an easy place to be.

Tomboy follows award-winning author and artist Liz Prince through her early years and explores--with humor, honesty, and poignancy--what it means to be a girl. From staunchly refuting girliness to the point of misogyny, to discovering through the punk community that your identity is whatever you make of it, Tomboy offers a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking account of self-discovery in modern America.

"Liz Prince may have been an uncertain, confused kid, but she's a confident and sincerely expressive cartoonist. Tomboy is a funny and relatable look at what every child has to deal with at some point -- figuring out who you really are inside, when everyone else only sees what they think you should be on the outside."--Jeffrey Brown, author of Clumsy, Jedi Academy, and Darth Vader and Son

"Liz Prince portrays the awkwardness and humiliation of childhood with wonderful (not to mention painful) accuracy. Any kid that picks up this book is going to be privy to secrets most of us don't learn until it's too late, and any adult who reads it will be reminded of an essential truth: that it's okay to be exactly who we want to be, no matter how weird everyone else thinks we are. Tomboy isn't a self help book, but it should be."--Julia Wertz, author of Drinking at the Movies and The Infinite Wait

"It's hard to imagine anyone failing to be charmed by this entertaining, clever, and genuinely funny memoir of growing up with gender identity confusion. Even this pretty unconfused regular old dude found plenty to identify with in Liz Prince's story of adolescent bafflement, exploration, and discovery -- delivered, like all the best such stories, with a light touch, wry wit, understated irony, and not one iota of preachiness. Meaning: I'm a fan. Go Liz!"--Frank Portman, author of King Dork

"Liz Prince tells gender norms to eat dirt. A delightful, thoughtful, and compulsively readable memoir. And an important one."--Ariel Schrag, author of Adam and Potential



Author: Liz Prince
Publisher: Zest Books (Tm)
Published: 09/02/2014
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.79lbs
Size: 8.32h x 5.62w x 0.68d
ISBN: 9781936976553
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.5
Point Value: 2
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 172616 / Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Award: IndieFab awards - Honorable Mention
Award: Independent Publisher Book Awards - Gold Medal Winner

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 08/01/2014 pg. 122
Booklist 08/01/2014 pg. 58
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2014
Library Journal 09/15/2014 pg. 59
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 11/01/2014 pg. 171
People Weekly 10/13/2014 pg. 47
Publishers Weekly 10/06/2014
Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2014 - Recommended - Hard To Beat
Kirkus Best Young-Adult Books 12/01/2014 pg. 70
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2015 pg. 102

About the Author

Liz Prince has been a comic artist and a self-publisher since she was in high school in the mid-1990s. In 2005, her book Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? was published by Top Shelf Productions; it won an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut. Tomboy is her first full-length graphic novel, a memoir about adolescence and gender stereotypes. She has published comics in numerous anthologies, drawn stories for the wildly popular Adventure Time series, and is a columnist for the punk magazine Razorcake.

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