Indies Introduce

Middle Grade

  • Alterations, Ray Xu
    Union Square Kids, 9781454945840 / 9781454945857, January 30, 2024 (Middle Grade)

    "This is at once a tenderly portrayed immigrant story, as well as a hilarious kid’s graphic novel about the kid who keeps winding up in the wrong place at the wrong time, right up until that reverses in the most glorious way. I loved every page.”

    —Paul Swydan, The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton, MA

    “Ray Xu delights in this graphic memoir about immigration, family, and fitting in in middle school. The art and the story are both top-notch and it’s so easy to identify with the characters as they navigate the ins and outs of their new-to-them country. This will bring joy to readers of all ages.”

    —Andi Richardson, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

    “Don’t let this heartfelt and hilarious graphic novel fall under your radar. Alterations beautifully tells the story of a young boy who just wants to stand out instead of remaining invisible. It effortlessly captures the nuances of being a child of immigrants and wanting to form your own identity. This book felt like a warm, validating hug for us children of immigrant parents."

    —Maryan Liban, Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers, Columbus, OH

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