By Sylvie Kantorovitz
Illustrated by Sylvie Kantorovitz

In a wise and witty graphic memoir, a young artist finds her path apart from the expectations of those around her.

Sylvie lives in a school in France. Her father is the principal, and her home is an apartment at the end of a hallway of classrooms. As a young child, Sylvie and her brother explore this most unusual kingdom, full of small mysteries and quirky surprises. But in middle and high school, life grows more complicated. Sylvie becomes aware of her parents’ conflicts, the complexities of shifting friendships, and what it means to be the only Jewish family in town. She also begins to sense that her perceived “success” relies on the pursuit of math and science—even though she loves art. In a funny and perceptive graphic memoir, author-illustrator Sylvie Kantorovitz traces her first steps as an artist and teacher. The text captures her poignant questioning and her blossoming confidence, while the droll illustrations depict her making art as both a means of solace and self-expression. An affecting portrait of a unique childhood, Sylvie connects the ordinary moments of growing up to a life rich in hope and purpose.

  • Readers are hungry for graphic novel memoirs, with books like Raina Telgemeier's Guts, Jerry Kraft's New Kid, and Shannon Hale's Real Friends topping the New York Times bestseller list
  • This highly readable, insightful, and funny memoir follows Sylvie Kantorovitz's life from childhood through high school as she finds her own path, away from the expectations of those around her, particularly her demanding mother
  • This is also an artist's coming of age, which tracks young Sylvie's development via both story and visuals with her art style aging with her. Aspiring artists will be inspired by this journey of an ordinary girl with dreams of being a working artist

About the author

Sylvie Kantorovitz was born in Casablanca and grew up in France. She is the author-illustrator of many picture books. This is her first graphic novel. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her partner, author-illustrator Barbara Lehman.

ISBN: 9781536207637
Imprint: Walker Books US
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: February 3, 2021
Dimensions: 152 x 216mm, 352pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $17.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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