A YEAR WITHOUT MOM follows 12-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America. It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air. But Dasha is more worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother. Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America — a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she loves.
A Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book of the Year
A Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Graphic Novel of the Year
A USBBY Outstanding International Book
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
"I'm 15 years old, and I came across your book, A Year Without Mom. I loved it! The drawings were so nice and the words were very meaningful." — Kishal
"A perceptive story about change, aloneness, ambition and, ultimately, resilience."
— The New York Times
"Deceptively simple, but with great narrative sophistication . . . Fascinating and heartfelt." — Kirkus, starred review
"An absorbing graphic memoir. . . . Readers will wish the sequel were available instantly." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A lovely portrayal in words and art of a year in the life of an engaging tween girl from the other side of the world.” — School Library Journal, starred review
"The author includes authentic details . . . and, with personality and sincerity, creates an accessible, truthful, and relatable record for readers of a different generation." — Horn Book Magazine, starred review