Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright

fiction graphic novel middle grade
emotional hopeful lighthearted slow-paced

256 pages | first published 2020

Coretta Scott King Honor author Varian Johnson teams up with rising cartoonist Shannon Wright for a delightful middle-grade graphic novel!

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran -- a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in fashionable outfits that set her apart from Maureen. A girl who seems happy to share only two classes with her sister!

Maureen and Francine are growing apart and there's nothing Maureen can do to stop it. Are sisters really forever? Or will middle school change things for good?

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lighthearted 73%
emotional 69%
funny 43%
hopeful 30%
inspiring 30%
reflective 17%
challenging 4%
relaxing 4%
tense 4%


fast 54%
medium 45%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 61% | Character: 30% | Plot: 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 4%

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