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Exclusive: Meet the Shy, Artistic Middle-Schooler We All Were In This First Look at the Cover Art For Invisible Emmie


If you’re reading this site, there’s a good chance that you may have been a shy, geeky kid with artsy interests. At least, that was my childhood. If you were, you may relate to the heroine of a new graphic novel from HarperCollins called Invisible Emmie by writer/artist Terri Libenson, a book that reminds us exactly what the wilds of middle school are like.

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HarperCollins provided us the exclusive first look at the cover art above. Yup, that’s pretty much how I wished I could walk around all day in middle school. Anyway, enough about me and my childhood angst! Here’s the official info for the book:

Invisible Emmie
Written and illustrated by Terri Libenson
HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray | Middle Grade Fiction
On Sale: 5/2/2017 | Ages: 8 – 12 | Grades: 3-7
ISBN 9780062484949

This is the story of two totally different middle school girls—quiet, shy, artistic Emmie; popular, outgoing, athletic Katie—and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. . . .

All the crushes, humiliations, boredom, and drama of middle school are compressed into one surprising day in this extraordinary debut graphic novel.

Terri Libenson is the Reuben Award-winning cartoonist of the internationally syndicated comic strip, THE PAJAMA DIARIES. She is also an award-winning humorous card writer for American Greetings Corp. Like Emmie in INVISIBLE EMMIE, Terri grew up shy and artistic in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She now lives a more outgoing life with her husband and two daughters in Cleveland, Ohio.

If you want to pre-order the book for a child in your life, or so that you can relive your own childhood, CLICK HERE.

Invisible Emmie can be purchased wherever books are sold in May 2017. 

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Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.

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