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About the Author
Colleen AF Venable is an author, designer, and maker. Her graphic novel series Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye (illustrated by Stephanie Yue) was nominated for an Eisner for Best Publication for Kids. Her other books include Mervin the Sloth is About to Do the Best Thing in the World and Amy the Red Panda Writes the Best Story in the World, both illustrated by Ruth Chan.Ellen T. Crenshaw is a cartoonist and illustrator for books, editorial, advertising, comics, and children's media. Her work appears in Beer Advocate Magazine and The Nib, and her other books include Test Your Baby and Test Your Toddler's IQ (both written by Rachel Federman). She lives with her husband and two dragons. Kiss Number 8 is her first graphic novel.
"Venable's frequently heartbreaking recollection of the abuse and torment that people went through for being 'different' -- and the fact that it still happens all too frequently -- is a powerful reminder of how far we still have to go." --New York Times
"[This is] a story of family and friendship and love in all its forms, perfect for the graphic novel format and elevated by the combined art and narrative...the characters shine, fully human and permitted to be flawed. Hope prevails. A rare blend of tender and revolutionary." --Kirkus, Starred Review
"Thought-provoking... A solid addition to YA shelves." --School Library Journal
"The interest here is in comparing GLBTQ experiences across a gap of generations--it was difficult then, it can be difficult still, but there's a promise of genuine happiness that makes following the heart worthwhile." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books