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A Year Without Mom
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Dasha Tolstikova is an illustrator whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her picture book The Jacket, written by Kirsten Hall, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2014. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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"My mom really loves her job, but she always talks about how advertising in Russia isn t so good. 'I cannot write about bread factories for the rest of my life she says Now, America that s what advertising is all about!' She says this quite a lot, but I don t really think about it until one night I overhear her talking to my grandmother. She will be fine, we will take good care of her. You have to take this opportunity. Says my grandmother. What is going on? Are they talking about me? Why do I need to be taken care of?" from the book" A Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book of the Year A Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Graphic Novel of the Year A USBBY Outstanding International Book A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year "A perceptive story about change, aloneness, ambition and, ultimately, resilience." New York Times "Deceptively simple, but with great narrative sophistication . . . Fascinating and heartfelt." Kirkus, starred review "Soviet-era Russian realities are only hinted at, backgrounding Dasha's story but never overwhelming it." Kirkus, starred review "An absorbing graphic memoir. . . . Readers will wish the sequel were available instantly." Publishers Weekly, starred review "The excitement of meeting a teen actor, the agony of a crush, the pain of changed friendships all this resonates cross-culturally." Toronto Star "A lovely portrayal in words and art of a year in the life of an engaging tween girl from the other side of the world. School Library Journal, starred review "The author includes authentic details . . . and, with personality and sincerity, creates an accessible, truthful, and relatable record for readers of a different generation." Horn Book Magazine, starred review "A quiet, moving, and contemplative story of growth." Booklist "Told in quiet fragments, sewn together with ribbons of girlhood." National Post "The excitement of meeting a teen actor, the agony of a crush, the pain of changed friendships all this resonates cross-culturally." Toronto Star " A Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book of the Year A Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Graphic Novel of the Year A USBBY Outstanding International Book A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year "A perceptive story about change, aloneness, ambition and, ultimately, resilience." "New York Times" "Deceptively simple, but with great narrative sophistication . . . Fascinating and heartfelt." "Kirkus," starred review "Soviet-era Russian realities are only hinted at, backgrounding Dasha's story but never overwhelming it." "Kirkus," starred review "An absorbing graphic memoir. . . . Readers will wish the sequel were available instantly." "Publishers Weekly," starred review "The excitement of meeting a teen actor, the agony of a crush, the pain of changed friendships all this resonates cross-culturally." "Toronto Star" "A lovely portrayal in words and art of a year in the life of an engaging tween girl from the other side of the world. "School Library Journal," starred review "The author includes authentic details . . . and, with personality and sincerity, creates an accessible, truthful, and relatable record for readers of a different generation." "Horn Book Magazine," starred review "A quiet, moving, and contemplative story of growth." "Booklist" "Told in quiet fragments, sewn together with ribbons of girlhood." "National Post" "The excitement of meeting a teen actor, the agony of a crush, the pain of changed friendships all this resonates cross-culturally." "Toronto Star" " "A perceptive story about change, aloneness, ambition and, ultimately, resilience." "New York Times" "Deceptively simple, but with great narrative sophistication . . . Fascinating and heartfelt." "Kirkus," starred review "Soviet-era Russian realities are only hinted at, backgrounding Dasha's story but never overwhelming it." "Kirkus," starred review "An absorbing graphic memoir. . . . Readers will wish the sequel were available instantly." "Publishers Weekly," starred review "A lovely portrayal in words and art of a year in the life of an engaging tween girl from the other side of the world. "School Library Journal," starred review "A quiet, moving, and contemplative story of growth." "Booklist" "Told in quiet fragments, sewn together with ribbons of girlhood." "National Post" " "A perceptive story about change, aloneness, ambition and, ultimately, resilience." "New York Times" "Deceptively simple, but with great narrative sophistication . . . Fascinating and heartfelt." "Kirkus," starred review "An absorbing graphic memoir. . . . Readers will wish the sequel were available instantly." "Publishers Weekly," starred review "A quiet, moving, and contemplative story of growth." "Booklist" "Needs to be attentively appreciated and engaginglysavored. Just as [Tolstikova's] text iscandid and direct, so, too, her black-and-white-with-splashes-of-color line drawings exude simple charm and whimsy." "BookDragon"" "Deceptively simple, but with great narrative sophistication . . . Fascinating and heartfelt." "Kirkus," starred review "Tolstikova uses a distinctive, naif pen-and-ink style to capture the bare streets of wintry Moscow and the lively expressions of Dasha and her friends." "Publishers Weekly," starred review "Needs to be attentively appreciated and engaginglysavored. Just as [Tolstikova's] text iscandid and direct, so, too, her black-and-white-with-splashes-of-color line drawings exude simple charm and whimsy." "BookDragon""

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