No Ivy League


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Oni Press
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6.0 X 0.8 X 9.0 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Hazel Newlevant is a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist. Their comics include If This Be Sin, Tender-Hearted, Sugar Town, and No Ivy League. They edited and published the anthologies Chainmail Bikini and Comics For Choice. They co-edited the anthology Puerto Rico Strong, published by Lion Forge Comics, which received an Eisner Award. Their comics have been honored with the Ignatz Award, Xeric Grant and the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. They have worked as an Associate Editor at Lion Forge Comics, and are currently the social media manager of A Wave Blue World. They like to dance.


"No Ivy League gracefully delivers a messy truth behind the essential process of questioning and reckoning. Newlevant respects young people's awareness of how class, race, gender, and history impact our experiences, and takes readers seriously enough to give space for personal reflection and growth. Fantastic brushwork, and a great sense of natural light. Highly recommended." --Nate Powell

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL -- Gr 9 Up-In this graphic memoir, Newlevant, who now uses gender-neutral pronouns but refers to their teenage self using the pronouns she/her, chronicles a transformative summer working for the No Ivy League, a conservation crew of teens who eradicated invasive species of European ivy from the Oregon forests. Newlevant is white and grew up in an insular white world, but at 17 she was thrust into a group of young people from different races and backgrounds. When she was sexually harassed by a black teen named Obasi, she reported his behavior, and he was fired. Newlevant was ostracized by the other teens and grappled with guilt. As she explored her feelings, she discovered that her mother's decision to homeschool her was rooted in racism, and she started to unpack her white privilege. Careful plotting deftly depicts her growth from a teen who thinks she's got it all figured out to a more humble and self-aware person. Newlevant's soft watercolors are tender and nostalgic. Their characters are expressive and convey the complex emotions of this thorny story. While Newlevant's tidy reconciliation with Obasi's cousin belies the deeply embedded structural racism at play in the summer's events, the author nonetheless exposes the tangled interplay of the personal and political. The "invasive species" metaphor for European colonization provides a poignant backdrop for Newlevant's awakening. Strong language and some sexual references make this title appropriate for older audiences.
VERDICT This authentic and relevant account delves into the messy work of recognizing one's own white privilege