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Gr 7 Up-Walden's meditative space epic will easily win the hearts of sci-fi and romance fans. Mia is the latest addition to a team of restorers, who are tasked with repairing abandoned structures across the galaxy. Though each member of the tight-knit crew is harboring a complicated past, it is wistful Mia who proves to be the linchpin of the plot. Walden treats readers to a stunning interpretation of interstellar life; fluid, fish-shaped ships, floating cathedral-like ruins, and giant celestial creatures add to the grandeur of the story, as do the enormously meaningful friendships and romances among the cast of women and nonbinary characters. The narrative is split into two time lines: one set in the present, colored in berry tones with swatches of orange and red, that follows Mia and the restoration crew; and one five years earlier, done in black, white, and shades of gray blue, where Mia, then a freshman at a boarding school, develops a swoon-worthy romance with new classmate Grace. Walden depicts them with warmth, often dedicating an entire wordless page to their embrace. The artwork, from expansive landscapes to cozy glimpses of the shipmates snuggled together watching TV, is a sight to behold. VERDICT Bound to be a sci-fi favorite, especially for teens who also appreciated Nina LaCour's We Are Okay.-Della Farrell, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“Magnificent.” ―The New Yorker

“Walden creates the intoxicating effect of a universe as mysterious as our real one.” ―The Atlantic

“Phenomenal . . . Utterly mesmerizing . . . A remarkable, stunning comic.” ―Booklist, starred review

“This masterful blend of science fiction–inflected school drama, road trip, and adventure is nothing less than marvelous.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A stunning interpretation of interstellar life . . . Bound to be a sci-fi favorite, especially for teens who also appreciated Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay." ―School Library Journal, starred review

"On A Sunbeam is an intimate, cosmic, and sometimes deeply funny work of art that is hopefully not the last glimpse of Walden’s science fantasy world." ―VOYA Magazine, starred review

“Both gently romantic and heartbreaking, the story ultimately celebrates love and the importance of chosen family. An affirming love story.” ―Kirkus

“Watching Mia and Grace rekindle their love against the backdrop of a bleak, mystifying universe is deeply satisfying.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[A] pageturning and profoundly moving read.” ―Horn Book

“Tillie Walden is the future of comics, and On a Sunbeam is her best work yet. It’s a ‘space' story unlike any you’ve ever read, with a rich, lived-in universe of complex characters.” –Brian K. Vaughan, Saga series and Paper Girls

On a Sunbeam is a rare treat. It’s both a slow-burn romance and a found-family space opera adventure with an engaging cast of characters. But it’s the world building that really stands out, with a blend of SF and fantasy in a gloriously strange setting that is so brilliantly original I have no idea how to describe it. I enjoyed every bit of it.” ―Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries and The Books of the Raksura

“Enthralling, beautiful, and compelling. I couldn't put this down.” ―Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice

“On A Sunbeam strikes a magical balance between trippy and tangible, heartbreaking and hilarious. It was so easy to curl up in the art and lose myself in the story.” ―Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet


Product details

  • Lexile measure : GN210L
  • Grade level : 7 - 9
  • Item Weight : 2.4 pounds
  • Paperback : 544 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250178138
  • ISBN-10 : 1250178134
  • Dimensions : 6.16 x 1.64 x 8.53 inches
  • Publisher : First Second; 1st Edition (October 2, 2018)
  • Reading level : 12 - 18 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 213 ratings

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