Books Books: Graphic Novel Books: Under 18 & YA

Picture Day

How has the tour come to an end already? Here I am bringing up the end… dang! Welcome to the Picture Day by Sarah Sax Book Tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.

About the Book

picture day book cover

Title: Picture Day

Author: Sarah Sax

Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Publishing Date: June 27, 2023

Buy it: Amazon (children’s book recs)

Find it: GoodreadsBarnes & NobleIndieBound

Everyone knows the most stressful day of middle school is picture day! And that’s exactly where this yearbook-worthy graphic novel series opens with reinventing yourself, drama, popularity, and the friends who see you through.

Seventh-grader Viv never looks forward to picture day. It’s just another day where she wears a boring braid and no one notices her. (Her two best friends, Milo and Al, don’t count, of course.) 

But enough is enough. This year, she’s taking matters into her own hands. Literally. Viv grabs a pair of scissors, her phone for live-streaming, and, well, bye-bye braid.

Suddenly Viv is an over-night influencer at Brinkley Middle School. Everyone wants her help planning their next big moment—from haircuts, to dance proposals, activist rallies and mathlete championships. She hardly even has time for her friends anymore. It’s exactly how she dreamed of reinventing herself…right?

In the tradition of modern classics like Vera Brosgol’s Be Prepared , Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward , and Kayla Miller’s Click , Picture Day brings answers to perennial questions of what it means to be true to yourself—and a true friend.

Picture Day Review

I’m a huge fan of graphic novels but must admit, this is my first go with a middle grade graphic novel. I absolutely adored it! The book is sturdy and feels good in my hand. The pages are thicker than normal and filled with the most awesome graphics ever. The story has a great theme and definitely keeps attention with the brilliant illustrations. I simply loved everything about this creative and timely story.

About the Author

Sarah cares deeply about encouraging young readers to discover and expand their sense of creative confidence. She studied Storytelling and Sequential Imagery at Hampshire College and she’s since worked as an educator at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, a volunteer with 826 Valencia, and as Creative Director at Lumosity, where she led a team of artists working with scientists and game designers to transform problem-solving and memory skills into brain-training games. She is the illustrator of the first three books (Escape This Book: Titanic; Escape this Book: Tombs of Egypt; and Escape This Book: Race to the Moon) in the inventive, interactive Escape This Book! series, which has been translated into eight languages. PICTURE DAY, her first of four graphic novels in the Brinkley Yearbooks series, will be published in the summer of 2023. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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