Swim Team: A Graphic Novel
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About the Author
Johnnie Christmas is a #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novelist and author-illustrator of the critically acclaimed middle grade graphic novel Swim Team, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book for Illustration, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2022, and received a Jane Addams Book Award Honor. He calls Vancouver, British Columbia, his home.
You can visit him online at johnniechristmas.com.
"Combines wonderful characters and history to create a story that will make you want to dive right in!" -- Jerry Craft, author of the Newbery Award-winning New Kid
"A revelation! You'll root for Swim Team--the water is just right." -- John Jennings, New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning creator
"Swim Team is a beautiful story about trying new things. Johnnie Christmas is a fantastic storyteller and artist." -- Kazu Kibuishi, author of Amulet
"Full of charm, heart, and pulse-pounding races. A winner!" -- Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and Dragon Hoops
"This graphic novel belongs on shelves in school and libraries everywhere." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
"A powerful, knowledgeable, and pressing exploration of the intersection where swimming meets Black identity. Empowerment through swimming and swim team is well-embodied in Bree, a smart, perseverant, anxious kid who readers will embrace instantly. The friendly and familiar style of Christmas' linework pours out into some true artistry." -- Booklist (starred review)
Challenging the idea that "Black people aren't good at swimming," this middle grade debut from Christmas (the Angel Catbird series, for adults) details segregation's generational impact through a warmhearted story of community, Black diasporic identity, and learning, all portrayed in kinetic contemporary art. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Problem-solving through perseverance and friendship is the real win in this deeply smart and inspiring story."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"This enjoyable graphic novel deals with familiar and middle-grade-appropriate themes of friendship, perseverance, and overcoming fears. The accessible illustrations add to the humorous (and sometimes serious) moments within the text." -- Horn Book Magazine
Questions of belonging, ability, racial justice and who gets to swim are handled with thought and care...its nuanced storytelling and visual appeal will have outsize reach and meaning beyond this age group. -- New York Times
This energetic, heartfelt graphic novel captures the joys and challenges of a sport that should be--but hasn't always been--freely enjoyed by everyone. -- Book Page