"New life breathed into old characters...This straightforward, fun story lightly teaches readers to navigate changing friendships and the importance of trying new things even if it means doing it alone." -- Kirkus Reviews
"With an engaging storyline and adorable art, The Riverdale Diaries:Hello, Betty! features a diverse cast of characters and a relatable protagonist who tries to hold on to her best friend and the stories they created together while starting a new adventure in middle school." -- Rajani LaRocca, Midsummer's Mayhem
"When I was a kid, I read my mom's old Pep Comics about the Riverdale gang. Now it's 2020 and thanks to its imaginative publishing (did you ever see the horror graphic novels?) and television programming, Archie Comics has never been stronger. . . . We'll just have to read it if we want to find out if Archie sports his traditional crosshatching or not." -- Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production for School Library Journal
Welcome back to Riverdale! Author Sarah Kuhn returns to take middle school's most fabulous diva, Veronica Lodge, through a journey to the most perfect birthday party ever.
Veronica Lodge has always been the most fabulous and popular kid in her class. But ever since she started middle school, she's become a small fish in a much bigger pond. Now, Veronica is terrified her classmates will find out her wealthy dad is out of work. Worse, she has a birthday coming up, and her parties are always huge, grand events. If she can't have a party this year, then everyone will know the truth about her father, and she just can't deal.
When Veronica learns about the annual School Spirit Contest -- which happens to have a cash prize attached -- she makes up her mind to win the contest and use the money to fund her festivities. Her only obstacle is the infuriatingly cool and older Cheryl Blossom, who's handily won the contest two years in a row. Can Veronica save her birthday?
She's Veronica Lodge.
What do you think?
This second volume of the fantastic middle school series done in partnership with Archie Comic Publications, Inc. reunites the fantastic cast of iconic characters reimagined in a new style and setting. Author Sarah Kuhn and artist Dean Rankine, making his middle-grade graphic novel debut, bring the heart and humor once again to a story that will have readers laughing and crying and hugging their besties. Starring Veronica is for anyone whose parent lost a job, whose birthday was in danger of being canceled, or who just needs to remember how fantastic they really are. Welcome to Riverdale!
Sarah Kuhn is the author of the popular Heroine Complex novels, a series for the adult market starring Asian American superheroines. The first book is a Locus bestseller, an RT Reviewers' Choice Award nominee, and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog's Best Books of 2016. Her YA debut, the Japan-set, romantic comedy I Love You So Mochi, came out in summer 2019 and was a Junior Library Guild selection. Other projects include "The Ruby Equation" for the Eisner-nominated comics anthology Fresh Romance, a YA comic book continuation of the teen cult classic movie Clueless, and a series of Barbie-licensed comics.
Dean Rankine is a Ledger- and Stanley Award-winning comic book artist and writer from Melbourne, Australia. Best known for his work on Simpsons Comics, his other credits include Futurama, Rick and Morty, Hellboy, Skottie Young's I Hate Fairyland series, Underdog, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Oggy and the Cockroaches. He's also the co-creator of the UpBeat Geek mental health card set, and is currently illustrating Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony series, written by Magda Szubanski. And (would you believe?) he's among a group of artists who currently hold the Guinness World Record for the "Most Contributors to a Published Comic Book."
When not drawing, Dean likes to eat pizza, play Dungeons and Dragons, and watch cat videos.
The Riverdale Diaries is Dean's middle-grade graphic novel debut.