LERNER's Fall 2019 Solicitations

Lerner Fall 2019 graphic novels
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Zest Books™

THE AMERICAN DREAM? A JOURNEY ON ROUTE 66 DISCOVERING DINOSAUR STATUES, MUFFLER MEN, AND THE PERFECT BREAKFAST BURRITO
written by Shing Yin Khor
art by Shing Yin Khor
Follow artist and immigrant Shing Yin Khor as they travel the entirety of Route 66 in an attempt to grapple with American dreams, myths, and reality. After emigrating to America and living in Los Angeles for over a decade, Shing and the trusty road-trip adventure dog, Bug, set out to discover what America is really all about. Is this the America they imagine—a world full of tacky roadside attractions, tiny abandoned towns, and little diners and motels representing a microcosm of a bygone era that's still trying to stay alive? Or is America a place where people come searching for something better—for a new start? Travel with Shing and Bug as they expertly combine elements of the road trip genre and a coming-of-age story into a colorful and insightful graphic memoir about the journey that became their pilgrimage: to discover what "being American" really means.
$16.99 PAPERBACK | 160 PAGES
ON SALE 8.6.2019
AGES 11 AND UP


Graphic Universe™

BREAKING OUT THE DEVIL (THE STONE MAN MYSTERIES BOOK #3)
written by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
art by Orion Zangara
A demon bound in stone. His human assistant. And a world in flames.
Silex and Craig have fought to keep the forces of the underworld from overtaking their home of Edinburgh. But Silex believes the worst battle is still to come, with all of humanity at stake. As one of the Devil's lieutenants moves to conquer the realms of the living and the dead, Silex and Craig make strange discoveries and even stranger alliances. Craig learns that the Prince of Darkness is stuck on Earth, trapped inside a human vessel. And to save the world, Craig may have to break the Devil out.
$8.99 PAPERBACK | 88 PAGES
ON SALE 11.5.2019
AGES 12 AND UP

 

CASSANDRA STEPS OUT (CASSANDRA: ANIMAL PSYCHIC BOOK #1)
written by Isabelle Bottier
art by Hélène Canac
Cassandra has a gift. Animals can show her what they're thinking. And after keeping her special talent a secret, Cassandra decides to start helping pets and their people.
The trouble is, other parts of Cassandra's life are changing too. Her mom has a boyfriend she really likes, but his daughter can’t stand Cassandra. And Cassandra's best friend is about to leave town. Not even her trusty dog Miss Dolly can make things feel okay. When Cassandra gets on the trail of a lost cat, will she be able to help its owners? Or will her first case be a flop?
$8.99 PAPERBACK | 56 PAGES
ON SALE 9.3.2019
AGES 9 AND UP

 

MARIE CURIE: A LIFE OF DISCOVERY
written by Alice Milani
art by Alice Milani
On the eve of the twentieth century, Maria Sk?odowska arrived in Paris, France, determined to live the life of science that had eluded her in her youth. Through her brilliance and resolve, she—as Marie Curie—gained international acclaim for her research, becoming the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences.
With skill and care, artist Alice Milani traces Curie's flight from Russia-controlled Poland, her romance with fellow scientist Pierre Curie, and Marie and Pierre's stunning discoveries of the elements radium and polonium. Marie Curie: A Life of Discovery is a graphic envisioning of a scientific innovator—a look into Curie's inner life and the resilient spirit that created an enduring legacy.
$14.99 PAPERBACK | 208 PAGES
ON SALE 8.6.2019
AGES 14 AND UP

 

STAGE DREAMS
written by Melanie Gillman
art by Melanie Gillman
The New Mexico Territory. 1861. Young Grace, a trans runaway, has headed west, fleeing her Georgia home—and conscription into the Confederate Army. But her coach ride to California makes an unplanned stop when notorious outlaw the Ghost Hawk swoops in, shaking down its passengers and stealing away with Grace. The Ghost Hawk—Flor, to her friends—means to hold Grace for ransom. But when the two get to talking about Flor's plan to crash a Confederate gala, Grace convinces Flor to let her join the heist.
In Stage Dreams, acclaimed creator Melanie Gillman brings together two unlikely partners for a rollicking queer adventure full of robbery and romance.
"Melanie Gillman's beautifully crafted YA graphic adventure reveals the hitherto little-known historic diversity of the Old West."—Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters
"Stage Dreams is a delight. A fast-paced, charming adventure story told beautifully in colored pencil—a medium nobody knows better than Mel Gillman. Treat yourself to this book; your day/week/life will be better for it."—Kate Leth, Spell on Wheels
$10.99 PAPERBACK | 104 PAGES
ON SALE 9.3.2019
AGES 13 AND UP

 

SUPER POTATO’S MEGA TIME-TRAVEL ADVENTURE (SUPER POTATO BOOK #3)
written by Artur Laperla
art by Artur Laperla
For Super Potato's future...he must travel to the past! After an evil villain turned the handsome crime fighter Super Max into Super Potato, our hero got used to life as a tiny tuber. He even threw out his expensive shampoos. But when friendly scientists offer Super Potato a trip back in time, he can't resist. It's a chance to stop his transformation from ever happening!
Super Potato lands in the past, ready to change history. There's just one problem: he runs into another fiendish criminal, Archibald the Scaly. Yikes! What will Super Potato choose—living life as a human or stopping Archibald's sinister plans?
$8.99 PAPERBACK | 56 PAGES
ON SALE 8.6.2019
AGES 7 AND UP

 

TOPSIDE
written by J.N. Monk
art by Harry Bogosian
Meet Jo Wilson, repair technician. She's talented. Headstrong. And...in a lot of trouble. Jo keeps things running inside the Core, an underground society on the verge of collapse. All she asks in return is that people stay out of her way. So when a routine assignment goes haywire, Jo has no one but herself to blame. To fix the slipup, she'll have to head topside, onto her planet's lawless, unruly surface.
Once Jo gets above ground, she'll wander through deserts, ride on the backs of giant beasts, and cut deals with con artists and bounty hunters. And agents of the Core will be in hot pursuit. In Topside, J.N. Monk and Harry Bogosian (the webcomic StarHammer) present a wild space fantasy about facing your mistakes and the friends you meet along the way.
"An intriguing mix of adventure and wonder and the mundane, both quietly epic and very personal. Wonderful art. Highly recommended."—Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation
"Topside is an engrossing adventure buoyed by lush sci-fi landscapes and unlikely friendships. Monk and Bogosian have crafted an imaginative odyssey that calls to mind the works of Hayao Miyazaki."—Kristen Gudsnuk, Making Friends
"Thoughtful, woke, and enjoyably propulsive. The world Monk and Bogosian describe is terrible, but such an enjoyable place to spend an afternoon."—Zander Cannon, Kaijumax
"Vibrant and fun, Topside blasts off on a colorful journey across an alien world."—Katie Shanahan, Silly Kingdom
$14.99 PAPERBACK | 200 PAGES
ON SALE 10.1.2019
AGES 12 AND UP

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