The Leak

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5.5 X 8.0 X 1.2 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Kate Reed Petty lives in Baltimore. Her fiction has appeared in Electric Literature, American Short Fiction, and more, and her short films have appeared in Narrative magazine and at the Maryland Film Festival. She is also the author of the novel True Story, published by Viking in 2020.

Andrea Bell is an illustrator and comic artist living in Chicago through the best and worst seasons. In 2013 she earned her BFA in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago and has since self-published "Fair Voyage" and "Still Waiting." Today Andrea works as a freelance illustrator and in her free time enjoys rock climbing, curating playlists, video games, and a warm meme on a cold day.

""The Leak" is a spirited story of civic responsibility, of how to tell fake news from the real thing, of when to trust adults and when to publicly stick it to them."--New York Times

"Ruthie's quest for answers and justice offers the pleasures of a Carl Hiaasen eco-mystery, with smart, determined kids at the helm, respectful adults in supporting roles...and shady corporate suits and selfish politicians as hiss-worthy villains. The graphic novel format, ably bolstered by Bell's spot-on illustration of middle school emotions and milieu, will draw a diverse readership."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Bell's color-drenched panels, lined in crayonlike textures, portray confident Ruth as a biracial heroine who chases down leads and navigates the murky waters of middle school relationships."--Publisher's Weekly

"Bell's rounded figures, sun-dappled scenes, and warm palette of colors are in striking contrast to the rather serious stakes of the story, and that approachable look will help give this an even wider audience. ...this is a surprisingly deep dive into investigative journalism that will appeal to fans of classic middle-school drama. "--Booklist, starred review

"An engaging, empowering tale of journalistic activism and ecological awareness."--Kirkus

"An absorbing work that emphasizes that even the youngest voices can have a resounding impact."--School Library Journal

"A refreshing addition to the contemporary graphic novel landscape for middle-graders and middle-schoolers"--Horn Book