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A year without mom

by Tolstikova, Dasha,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction DK593.T65 2015x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction
Call Number  DK593.T65 2015x
Green Tree Public Library Children's Graphic Novel J GRAPHIC TOL
Location  Green Tree Public Library
Collection  Children's Graphic Novel
Call Number  J GRAPHIC TOL
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j TOLSTIKOVA Dasha
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  j TOLSTIKOVA Dasha
Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult Graphic Novel YA GRAPHIC TOLST
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Young Adult Graphic Novel
Northland Public Library Teen TEEN B TOLSTIKJOVA
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen
Oakmont Carnegie Library Juvenile Graphic Novel J TO Graphic novel
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Juvenile Graphic Novel
Call Number  J TO Graphic novel

A Year Without Mom follows twelve-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America.

It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air. But Dasha is more worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother. Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America -- a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she loves.

This gorgeous and subtly illustrated graphic novel signals the emergence of Dasha Tolstikova as a major new talent.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When Dasha's mom goes to America for graduate school, the 12-year-old has to stay behind in Moscow with her grandparents. For the next year, she goes to school, studies art, and struggles with the changing dynamics of her friendships. Dasha often feels like an outsider, and missing her mother doesn't really help matters. Eventually, however, when her mother returns the next summer, ready to bring Dasha with her to the U.S., Dasha doesn't want to leave. While Tolstikova's debut is on the border of what one usually considers a graphic novel, she uses many hallmarks of sequential art to tell the diarylike tale, and graphic-novel readers will likely be drawn in by the distinctive artwork. Handwritten fonts on select pages appear conspiratorially small or loudly large, while the childlike shapes and figures echo the economical, month-to-month account of the year. Tolstikova's pencil and ink washes beautifully capture the spare wintertime landscape, while subtle gestures contribute a depth of feeling to the taciturn text. A quiet, moving, and contemplative story of growth.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set amid the disintegration of the Soviet Union, this absorbing graphic memoir follows a year in the life of a 12-year-old Moscow schoolgirl left in the care of her grandparents while her mother studies in the U.S. "Grandpa wakes me up and has the tea brewed by the time I shuffle into the kitchen, but I am on my own for everything else," Dasha explains. Working in black and white enlivened by occasional splashes of red and blue, Tolstikova (The Jacket) uses a distinctive, naïf pen-and-ink style to capture the bare streets of wintry Moscow and the lively expressions of Dasha and her friends. Readers will discover that beyond the bleak Soviet setting-before moving, her mother wrote "ads for places like Bread Factory #8"-much of the memoir is familiar pre-adolescent territory: difficulties with friends, important exams, and clothing woes. A final section reveals that Dasha will spend the next year in the States with her mother, and the story follows their first weeks there-then ends abruptly. Readers will wish the sequel were available instantly. Ages 10-14. Agent: Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Tolstikova, Dasha -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature.
Tolstikova, Dasha -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile literature.
Girls -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow -- Juvenile literature.
Girls -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile literature.
Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile literature.
Mothers and daughters -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile literature.
Mothers and daughters.
Moscow (Russia)
Moscow (Russia) -- Juvenile literature.
Moscow (Russia) -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Toronto :2015
Language English
Description 167 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781554986927
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