Living with Viola
"unforgettable . . . will shake middle grade readers to the core"--School Library Journal, starred review
"Beautifully illustrated, relatable, and genuine." --Molly Brooks, creator of Sanity & Tallulah
"Everyone needs to buy this book now. Seriously. Buy it, read it, share it."--Colleen Nelson, author and teacher
Honest and funny, this award-winning graphic novel from a
debut creator is a refreshingly real exploration of mental health,
cultural differences, and the trials of middle school.
is already having trouble fitting in as the new girl at school--and then
there's Viola. Viola is Livy's anxiety brought to life, a shadowy twin
that only Livy can see or hear. Livy tries to push back against Viola's
relentless judgment, but nothing seems to work until she strikes up new
friendships at school. Livy hopes that Viola's days are numbered. But
when tensions arise both at home and at school, Viola rears her head
stronger than ever. Only when Livy learns how to ask for help and face
her anxiety does she finally figure out living with Viola.
Rosena Fung draws on her own early experiences with anxiety and the
pressures of growing up as the child of Chinese immigrant parents to
craft a charming, deeply personal story that combines the poignancy of
Raina Telgemeier's Guts with the wacky humor of Lumberjanes.
Exuberant, colorful art brings Livy's rich imaginative world--filled
with everything from sentient dumplings to flying unicorns--to life on
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About the Author
ROSENA FUNG is an illustrator and comic artist from Toronto, Ontario. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, giant murals, and on TV. Her favorite things are reading, cats, and eating snacks.