A New York Times Bestseller!
Named a “Most Anticipated Graphic Novel for 2020” by The Washington Post
Making friends isn't easy, but losing them is even harder! Natalie has never felt that she's enough — athletic enough, stylish enough, or talented enough. And on the first day of middle school, Natalie discovers that things are worse than she thought — now she's not even cool enough for her best friend, Lily! As Natalie tries to get her best friend back, she learns more about her true self and natural talents. If Natalie can focus on who she is rather than who she isn't, then she just might realize she's more than enough, just the way she is.
A story of self-worth, self acceptance and being more of who you are!
With the humor and illustrative style of a daily newspaper comic, debuting creator Scrivan’s story of middle school minefields is gentle and timeless ” -Publishers Weekly
Scrivan’s exuberant, comic strip–esque art and simple dialogue will entice a range of readers, who will relate to Nat’s insecurities..."
- School Library Journal
A straighfoward, heartfelt story."
...One sitting and my heart grew two sizes at the end of this one. I love Natalie throughout the whole book." -Sierra Dertinger
** A Mighty Girl Pick of the Day.
** A Might Girl Community pick.
"Maria writes funny, Maria draws funny, and Maria does it with a ton of heart." -
Stories behind the story:
Toby is the inspiration for the character "Treat." He won't come if I call his name, but he'll
come running for treats!
So much of the story came from real experiences and real feelings from my childhood. Including this bird costume.
Natalie's "sea of participation awards" was inspired my own collection. (Back then we called them "Honorable Mentions.")