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Stargazing is a heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel in the spirit of Real Friends and El Deafo, from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang.
A 2019 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids Selection
One of FORBES Best Graphic Novels of 2019
One of NPR's Best Books of 2019
Booklist 2019 Editors' Choice
Moon is everything Christine isn't. Shes confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.
But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends, sharing their favorite music videos and painting their toenails when Christine's strict parents aren't around. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn't where she really belongs.
Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling?
Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story thats at turns joyful, heart-wrenching, and full of hope.
Praise For Stargazing…
Intimate and sweet. Id like to hand Stargazing to every kid I know. Raina Telgemeier, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Smile
Touching, funny, and sweetly observed, Stargazing is everything a graphic novel should be. Jen Wang is a master cartoonist. Vera Brosgol, award-winning author of Be Prepared and Anyas Ghost
Just beautiful. Stargazing is warm and funny and packed with shout outs and nods to the Asian American experience. It feels SO wonderful to be seen! Kelly Yang, award-winning author of Front Desk
Like a constellation, when you connect confusion, friendship, and hope, suddenly everything becomes clear. Jen Wangs Stargazing will have you laughing and crying as it takes you to the stars and back. Lisa Yee, award-winning author of Millicent Min, Girl Genius
A charming tale of friendship that feels familiar and comforting. Jen Wang is a gift to comics. Nidhi Chanani, author of Pashmina
"Wang tells a story that will ring true to just about any middle-schooler whos dealt with shifting friendships, but her additional insights into navigating differences within the Chinese American community will be a balm to readers in similar situations." Booklist starred review
"Plumbing the depths of Wangs childhood for inspiration, this rich, heart-filled narrative will resonate with any reader who has ever felt different within their community." Publishers Weekly starred review
First Second, 9781250183873, 224pp.
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
About the Author
Jen Wang is a cartoonist, author and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She is the author of The Prince and the Dressmaker, Koko Be Good, and co-author of the New York Times Bestselling graphic novel In Real Life with Cory Doctorow. Her work has also appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, The Believer, Hazlitt, Slate, and McSweeneys. She has also written for the Adventure Time and Lumberjanes comic series. She is the co-founder and organizer of the annual festival Comics Arts Los Angeles.