The Dark Matter of Mona Starr (Paperback)
In this uplifting graphic novel, which I absolutely adored, “matter” is what Mona calls the uncomfortable, depressing, and at times, painful feeling that engulfs her at various times during her day. It’s depicted as a dark blob that mocks her and insults her, making her feel less then. Mona documents her “matter” in her drawings and poems, but hides them from the world, because she’s afraid of how others will react to both her and her art. But with help from old and new friends, Mona finds the courage to put herself out there and connect with the world and discovers what was really bothering her. You can document your own journey after reading this with both prompts and pages at the end of the book.— Jennifer
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"This immersive portrayal of a sensitive teen learning to live with mental illness will earn nods of recognition from readers coping with anxiety or depression but will also resonate with young people facing any fear."
— School Library Journal
— Kirkus Reviews
— Publishers Weekly