Blue Stars: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem: A Graphic Novel (The Blue Stars #1) (Paperback)

Blue Stars: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem: A Graphic Novel (The Blue Stars #1) By Kekla Magoon, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Molly Murakami (Illustrator) Cover Image

Blue Stars: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem: A Graphic Novel (The Blue Stars #1) (Paperback)


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Two everyday superheroes set out to save the world—starting with their school—in an exciting new middle-grade graphic series from two award-winning authors and a debut illustrator.

When cousins Riley Halfmoon and Maya Dawn move to Urbanopolis to live with their activist grandma, they get off to a rocky start. Outgoing Riley misses her Muscogee cousins but is sure that she and Maya will be instant BFFs. Meanwhile, introvert Maya misses her parents, on active duty in Japan, and just wants some space to herself. At school, Maya joins Robotics Club and Riley bonds with fellow gymnasts. Just when they start to feel at home, their school culture is threatened by an influential foe in disguise. Joining student council feels like a way to help, so both cousins toss their hats in the ring for sixth-grade class president. But when they realize what they’re up against—money, power, and lies—they quickly shift from competition to cooperation, joining forces as superheroes. Riley is savvy with people; Maya is a whiz with gadgets. In no time, this dazzling duo is off to save the day! Relatable and rich in themes of family, community, and compromise, the Blue Stars series will entertain and empower, inspiring readers to be the stars they are.
Kekla Magoon is the renowned author of numerous fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers, including Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People; X: A Novel, cowritten with Ilyasah Shabazz; How It Went Down; and The Season of Styx Malone. She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, an NAACP Image Award, the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award, and three Coretta Scott King Honors, among others. Kekla Magoon lives in Montpelier, Vermont, and teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Cynthia Leitich Smith is an NSK Neustadt Laureate and acclaimed author of Hearts Unbroken, winner of the American Indian Youth Literature Award; Harvest House; Sisters of the Neversea; the New York Times best-selling Tantalize and Feral series; Rain Is Not My Indian Name; and Jingle Dancer, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. She also edited the anthology Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, is the author-curator of Heartdrum, a Native-focused children’s and YA imprint, and served as the inaugural Katherine Paterson Chair at Vermont College of Fine Arts. A Muscogee Nation citizen, Cynthia Leitich Smith lives in Austin, Texas.

Molly Murakami is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, and creator of several webcomics. The Blue Stars Series: Mission One: The Vice-Principal Problem is her publishing debut. She lives in Minnesota.
Product Details ISBN: 9781536228663
ISBN-10: 1536228664
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: The Blue Stars
Bustling slice-of-life plot beats by Magoon (Chester Keene Cracks the Code) and Smith (Harvest House), paired with animated art by debut illustrator Murakami, culminates in a realistically rendered and impeccably paced graphic novel series opener that accessibly highlights the importance of youth involvement in local politics.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This middle-grade graphic novel, the first in a series, has everything: nuanced and empowered protagonists, a funny, gripping story, age-appropriate treatment of social issues, and expressive comic illustrations begging to be lingered over. Readers will come away inspired to raise their own voices and take action to create positive, peaceful change in their communities. A fresh new graphic series sure to engender a devoted following.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This first entry in a new graphic novel series from acclaimed authors Magoon and Smith is a great introduction to the main characters and focuses on kids having a voice. It dips slightly into community activism but focuses more on the girls' transition from a rough start to bonding over a mutual desire to make their school a better place for everyone. Presented in a modern, stylized cartoon style, this thoughtful and timely story featuring a multigenerational, multicultural family will find wide appeal.

This story has layers that will appeal to many different kinds of readers. It’s a sweet and thoughtful story about military families, friendship, and girls learning to trust each other. . . . Murakami’s cute and cartoony artwork pops with color and will hook readers into the excitement of the story. . . . A thoughtful, funny, and memorable story about family, friendship, and cooperation. Purchase for all middle grade collections.
—School Library Journal