Freestyle: A Graphic Novel (Paperback)

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Freestyle: A Graphic Novel (Paperback)


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“Cory is not thrilled to be tutored by Sunna. After he sees her sweet yo-yo skills, they strike a deal: if he makes it through studying, she’ll teach him another trick. Galligan’s new original book is full of style, humor, and friendship!”
— Andrew King, Secret Garden Bookshop, Seattle, WA

From New York Times bestselling author Gale Galligan, a fun, high-energy graphic novel about friendship, family, and the last hurrahs of middle school.

Cory's dance crew is getting ready for a major competition. It's the last one before they graduate eighth grade and go their separate ways to high schools all over New York City, so they have to make it count! The group starts to have problems as their crew captain gets increasingly intense about nailing the routine, and things go from bad to worse when Cory's parents ground him for not taking his grades seriously. He gets stuck with a new tutor, Sunna, who he dismisses as a boring nerd… until he catches her secretly practicing cool yo-yo tricks. Cory wants to learn the art of yo-yo, and as his friendship with Sunna grows, he ends up missing practice and bailing on his crew -- and they are not happy about it. With mounting pressure coming from all sides, how is Cory supposed to balance the expectations of his parents, school, dance, and his new friend?
Gale Galligan is the creator of the New York Times bestselling Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adaptations of Dawn and the Impossible Three, Kristy's Big Day, Boy-Crazy Stacey, and Logan Likes Mary Anne! by Ann M. Martin. They are also the creator of Freestyle, an original graphic novel that they both wrote and illustrated. When they aren't making comics, Gale enjoys knitting, drumming, and spending time with their family and adorable pet rabbits in Pearl River, New York. Gale is a founding member of the Comics Advocacy Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is dedicated to making careers in comics more accessible and sustainable. Visit them online at

Product Details ISBN: 9781338045802
ISBN-10: 1338045806
Publisher: Graphix
Publication Date: October 18th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English

Praise for Freestyle:

Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year

Washington Post Best Book of the Year

Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Children

American Booksellers Association Indie Next Pick

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens

Recipient of four starred reviews

★ "The cartooning instincts on display are superb, always making room for setting, emotion, movement, and color for great visual variety... This inviting, heartfelt story will get readers into the groove of self-expression and lasting friendships." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “Galligan’s timing -- both comedic and emotional -- is impeccable, and dynamic paneling paired with vibrant technicolor hues artfully complement the flow and energy of the Eight Bitz’s routines and Sunna’s yo-yo prowess… A thoughtfully rendered portrayal of friendship, growth, and joyful self-expression.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “A visually kinetic, emotionally complex story of finding a sense of self while navigating relationships and expectations. Fun and full of heart.” -- School Library Journal, starred review

★ “Galligan’s crisp, bouncy, cartoonlike style captures the story’s constant motion, making for a fast-paced visual experience with yo-yo strings or b-boying limbs constantly busting out of panels.” -- The Horn Book, starred review

"Fans of Galligan's Baby-sitters Club comics will find similar themes of friendship and community in this engaging story, beautifully colored in candy hues by Czap." -- Booklist

"Kids who like graphic novels will enjoy this story of friends working through challenges." -- Kid Reporter Shaan Glazer, TIME for Kids

"Brilliant... Readers will build visual literacy skills and encounter well-developed diverse characters. They will also get swept up in Galligan's amazing storytelling, achieved through expert use of the format. A must-purchase." -- School Library Connection