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School for Extraterrestrial Girls #1

Girl on Fire

Illustrated by Jamie Noguchi
Published by Papercutz
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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About The Book

Tara Smith’s parents are super strict with all their rules and routines, and Tara is a dutiful daughter. Rule #1: No friends her own age. Rule #2: keep her bracelet on, or else. But when she breaks her routine—and then loses her bracelet—she’s in trouble.
Now outed as an extraterrestrial after wielding fire and losing her humanoid form, Tara is captured by the government. She’s given two options: get shipped far away where she won’t be a danger to anyone or stay on Earth and join a school for other extraterrestrial girls like her. Things at the school aren’t easy—especially for the girl whose only friends were textbooks. But Tara’s goal to learn how to control her powers is soon sidelined by the discovery that the people she’s called Mom and Dad all these years aren’t her parents.

About The Author

Jeremy Whitley is best-known for his Middle Grade series PRINCELESS published through ActionLab, which was twice nominated for Eisner awards and a three time Glyph award winner. He also has had successful runs on "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," "Courage the Cowardly Dog," and Marvel's "The Unstoppable Wasp."

About The Illustrator

Jamie Noguchi is an illustrator from the DC metro area. He has had a successful career as colorist for UDON, Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image. He provided the art for Erfworld, which landed on Time Magazine’s Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2007.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Papercutz (August 4, 2020)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781545804933
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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The Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books 2021 List

"Engaging science fiction that is fiercely female-forward."

– Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

"An engaging title with an entertaining story and deft use of color and design. The clever premise will entice readers, who will eagerly anticipate future installments in this new ­series"

– School Library Journal

"A fully entertaining graphic novel for young readers ages 8-12 by the team of author/storyteller Jeremy Whitley and artist/illustrator Jamie Noguchi, "School for Extraterrestrial Girls #1: Girl on Fire" launches a fun and original science fiction series that is especially and unreservedly recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library graphic novel collections."

– Midwest Book Review

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