Gosh! Best Of 2022
A kids graphic novel which intertwines different generations and brings them together for the love of swimming, from the bestselling comics creator Johnnie Christmas. Bree can't wait for her first day at her new middle school, Enith Brigitha, until she's stuck with the only elective that fits her schedule, the dreaded Swim 101, home to the Mighty Manatees. Bree is forced to head dive into one of her greatest fears- lucky for her, Etta, an elderly occupant of her apartment building and former swim team captain, is willing to help. Follow the joyful relationship built between Etta and Bree during their training, and see if Bree can help her swim-crazed community turn the school's failing team around. Swim Team highlights the importance of facing your fears, pushing yourself to do the impossible, and building important, yet unusual friendships in your life.
Ella and Madeleine don't know it yet, but they're about to embark on the strangest romantic adventure of their lives, and it's not just their hearts that are getting stolen in this laugh-out-loud, capering graphic novel.
"Such a sweet and funny story with complex, flawed characters that you can't help but love."
-Alice Oseman, creator of Heartstopper
"With distinctive characters, lush art, and an off-kilter sapphic romance at its core, this will surely steal teen readers' hearts."
-STARRED REVIEW, Booklist
"Bryon renders both characters and backgrounds in lovely, lithe manga art, capturing the sheen of wealthy abodes and populated party scenes, as well as small gestures and moments between the lovebirds...This energizing work from a rising comics talent has YA crossover appeal."
-STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly
"Thieves is a rambunctious, charming story about high schoolers partying, falling in love, and committing acts of reverse larceny. The drawing style is incredibly appealing, with delightful acting and visual jokes that make this an absolute pleasure to read."
-Molly Knox Ostertag, creator of The Witch Boy series and The Girl From the Sea
"Reading Thieves is like going on a decidedly queer adventure - full of heart, tension, beauty, and so much love. Add in to that the gorgeous art, and you've got yourself a truly wonderful book."
-Tillie Walden, creator of Are You Listening and Spinning
"Lucie Bryon brings shojo manga-inspired artwork to this queer high school romance."
What happened last night? Ella can't seem to remember a single thing from the party the night before at a mysterious stranger's mansion, and she sure as heck doesn't know why she's woken up in her bed surrounded by a magpie's nest of objects that aren't her own. And she can't stop thinking about her huge crush on Madeleine, who she definitely can't tell about her sudden penchant for kleptomania… But does Maddy have secrets of her own? Can they piece together that night between them and fix the mess of their chaotic personal lives in time to form a normal, teenage relationship? That would be nice.