The Breakaways (Paperback)

By Cathy G. Johnson

First Second, 9781626723573, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

List Price: 12.99*
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Quiet, sensitive Faith starts middle school already worrying about how she will fit in. To her surprise, Amanda, a popular eighth grader, convinces her to join the school soccer team, the Bloodhounds. Having never played soccer in her life, Faith ends up on the C team, a ragtag group that’s way better at drama than at teamwork. Although they are awful at soccer, Faith and her teammates soon form a bond both on and off the soccer field that challenges their notions of loyalty, identity, friendship, and unity.

The Breakaways is a raw, and beautifully honest graphic novel that looks into the lives of a diverse and defiantly independent group of kids learning to make room for themselves in the world.

About the Author

Cathy G. Johnson is a cartoonist and educator in Providence, Rhode Island. Her graphic novels include No Dogs Allowed, Gorgeous (2016, Koyama Press), and Jeremiah (2015, One Percent Press).

Cathy has also published shorter comics work with publishers such as Silver Sprocket and Youth in Decline. In addition to her artwork, Cathy works as an educator in the New England area, serving many local communities within schools and community centers. She earned her masters degree in Teaching & Learning in Art & Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in June 2017, where she wrote her thesis about the benefits of teaching comics in visual arts education. She continues that work on her education website, Comic Art Ed.