Squad

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Product Details

Price
$14.99  $13.94
Publisher
Greenwillow Books
Publish Date
Pages
224
Dimensions
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780062943149

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About the Author

Maggie Tokuda-Hall is the author of The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea, her debut young adult novel, which was an NPR, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Book Page Best Book of 2020, and its sequel, The Siren, The Song and The Spy. Her graphic novel, Squad, is an Ignyte and Locus Award nominated comic book, and her picture book, Love in the Library, has received starred reviews from Book Page, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, two kids, and objectively perfect dog. She is perfectly capable of drowning.
Lisa Sterle is a Columbus artist with work spanning from comic books to concept design to pop-culture-fueled illustration. Her work is often bright, expressive, and occasionally tinged with horror-- marrying her two favorite themes: the beautiful and the grotesque. She has worked with HarperCollins, IDW, Image, Archie Comics, Vault Comics, BOOM! Studios, and many others. She is the co-creator of monthly comics Long Lost and Submerged (Vault Comics), and Witchblood (Vault comics), as well as creator of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck, a modern and diverse interpretation of the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck, and the illustrator on the graphic novel Squad with writer Maggie Tokuda-Hall for Greenwillow Books. She is currently illustrating the upcoming graphic novel DYING INSIDE with Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) and Hannah Klein through the Vault Comics music imprint, HEADSHELL.

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Reviews

"Squad is monstrously delightful and delightfully monstrous. This book is transformative, healing, and deeply powerful." -- Sarah Gailey, author of When We Were Magic

"A story you can't help but sink your teeth into. Twists and turns you never see coming. I devoured this book." -- Colleen AF Venable, author of National Book Award nominee Kiss Number 8

"People call them all kinds of names--creeps, jerks. But the right word is predator. And that's who we hunt. Becca wants what every high-schooler does: to have a group of friends, a squad. But Becca's new friends are more than a clique, they're a pack, and this pack is hungry. Squad is a fast-paced and feminist horror story for every girl who's ever felt like prey, and asks how far a girl should go to hunt the hunters." -- Laura Ruby, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Medalist

"If the words 'badass lady-werewolves' aren't enough to convince you to read this book, the luscious art and brilliantly complicated portrayals of female friendship will. Squad will surprise, delight and horrify you. Get ready for this story to sink its teeth right into your heart." -- Mallory O'Meara, bestselling author of The Lady from the Black Lagoon

"A fast-paced and deeply satisfying read. Squad is a story fitted with the sharpest teeth that chomps down on the patriarchy, and I adored it with my entire vicious heart." -- Chloe Gong, author of New York Times-bestselling These Violent Delights

"After she attends a party with the coolest girls in school, Becca realizes they're not a squad--they're more like a pack. . . . Author Maggie Tokuda-Hall upends many classic werewolf tropes in Squad . . . a revenge narrative and a quasi fable about consent . . . Illustrator Lisa Sterle's bold, energetic artwork perfectly complements the novel's themes of friendship, loyalty, betrayal and the possibility of love. . . . A story of dramatic contrasts and surprising transformations." -- BookPage (starred review)

"New student Becca can hardly believe her luck when Arianna, Marley, and Amanda, who sit at the top of the Piedmont High School hierarchy, pick her to join their exclusive friend group. . . . The story highlights important topics, including internalized misogyny and codependent friendships. . . . An exciting look at girl power gone wrong." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Becca's first day as a junior at Piedmont High goes surprisingly well after golden girl Marley invites her to sit with the popular girls . . . but she doesn't feel like one of the pack--until some creepster dude tries to assault her and the girls show up, turn into wolves, tear him to pieces, and invite Becca to become one of them. . . . This feminist vigilante tale is made especially entertaining by the graphic novel's contrast of bubbly, Barbie-esque illustrations with nightmarish scenes of blood and guts . . . Perennially satisfying."
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"If the popular girls at a Bay Area high school seem overly eager to befriend smart, queer, Asian-cued Becca, they have a specific reason in mind: they're werewolves in need of another packmate. . . . Literalizing pack mentality, Tokuda-Hall smoothly explores the complexities of so-called sisterhood. Sterle's long, lean characters don neo-1980s and '90s fashions in art that dovetails with the economical storytelling to create an intersectional examination of high school social dynamics that doesn't shortchange readers on adventure." -- Publishers Weekly

"An outsider back in Los Angeles, Becca hopes to turn things around . . . and gets an unexpected invitation to join [Marley's] clique. . . . She soon learns that this pack is literally that--Arianna, Amanda, and Marley are werewolves who feast on boys, but only those they believe are dangerous predators. . . . The story offers a fresh look at the cost of fitting in and how the line between predator and prey often blurs. Sterle's artwork is strong, whether conveying the girls' disdain or gruesomely illustrating the werewolves feasting. Her use of bright colors throughout adds intensity. . . . Using supernatural elements, this graphic novel deftly explores the cost of belonging." -- School Library Journal

"Cool-girl Marley invites new-girl Becca to join her clique, thus setting into motion a Heathersesque tale about a smart teen who discovers the darker cost of fitting in. . . . Female friendship sits front and center in this supernatural vigilante story, even when plans unravel. Readers who want thrilling carnage, sharp dialogue, and sapphic romance mixed into their teen dramas will devour this transformative tale." -- Booklist