Why Is Everybody Yelling?: Growing Up in My Immigrant Family

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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7.1 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author

Marisabina Russo is the acclaimed author and illustrator of numerous books for young people including two picture books based on her family's wartime experiences, Always Remember Me and I Will Come Back for You. Why Is Everybody Yelling? is her first graphic novel. She lives in Westchester, New York.


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"Why Is Everybody Yelling? is a marvel. It is so compelling, I couldn't put it down. It is a humorous, surprising, thoughtful look at identity, family, religion--life." --Kevin Henkes

"An unvarnished look at one complicated, opinionated, and personality-filled family." --The Horn Book, starred review

"Ably conveyed through the many frames that capture heated, hurtful exchanges, delivered with practiced nonchalance at family gatherings, by adults who will not, or cannot, abandon their dysfunctional communication. As readers observe Russo's ten-year journey to young adulthood, they may admire her love for her querulous mother, but they'll be mighty glad to see her finally move out and on." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The meticulous, detailed art is a highlight, striking the perfect tone for the quirky character of the world it portrays and rewarding repeated readings to catch every detail . . . Affectionately celebrates Jewish American experiences." --Kirkus Reviews

"Relatable . . . A solid graphic memoir on the impact of World War II on families years later." --School Library Journal

"Unflinching . . . Teachers, friends and Russo's half-brothers are portrayed brilliantly, both in the meticulously rendered expressive illustrations, the authentic dialogue and the deeply moving internal thoughts. Embracing her Jewish identity is one outcome of Russo's tumultuous journey through childhood and adolescence, but this life story is about forging an identity woven from many different threads . . . remarkable and uplifting." --Association of Jewish Libraries