Empty and Me: A Tale of Friendship and Loss

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$21.95  $20.41
Lee & Low Books
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8.73 X 11.28 X 0.4 inches | 0.96 pounds

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About the Author

Azam Mahdavi is a freelance author, artist, translator, and graphic designer based in Tehran. She has published dozens of books for children and young adults in Iran, which have been translated into various languages. Several of her books have received awards in different national festivals, such as the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults' Festival. Empty and Me is her first book to be translated into English and published in the U.S.

Maryam Tahmasebi is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Tehran. She's illustrated six books published in Iran, which have been translated into Korean, Turkish, and Chinese. You can see more of her work at maryamtahmasebi.org.

Parisa Saranj was born in Isfahan, Iran. Her writings and translations have appeared in several publications, including Ms. Magazine, Two Lines, and Consequence. She lives in Baltimore with her cat, Abnabat Choobi, which means "lollipop" in Persian. You can find both of them on social media at @PSaranj.


* "The sepia and gray-toned images, although digitally rendered, mimic colored pencils and set a solemn tone that reinforces the girl's loneliness in a vast world without her mom. The character of Empty is soft curves and bright white, the perfect complement for the sharp edges of loss... A strong purchase to introduce loss and, not incidentally, expose students to translated works." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "Powerful while still sensitive to the target audience, this picture book follows the gradual journey of loss." -- Foreword Reviews, starred review

"Featuring exquisite, muted illustrations, this heartbreakingly tender story includes spare text in both English and Persian. The author and artist portray the protagonist's grief starkly and frankly while leaving plenty of literal and metaphorical space for readers to apply their own experiences...A devastatingly honest book about loss, mourning, and recovery." -- Kirkus Reviews

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