“A lonely mouse lived in a small house beside a great palace.  In the great palace lived a cat.” Each night the mouse gazes up at the cat in the palace tower. Is the cat my friend? he wonders. Determined to find out, he bravely makes his way into the palace through a tiny hole and climbs all the way up to the tower, where the cat sits on the windowsill. “Hello, are you friend or foe?” he squeaks. "A quiet, thoughtful narrative for all readers who like to wonder." — Kirkus Reviews "A solid addition for most libraries; hand this one to fans of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s Sam and Dave Dig a Hole." ― School Library Journal "A charming modern-day fable, without a simplistic moral, about what makes for and what undoes the sense of otherness." ― Brain Pickings "Sobol's original and engaging story is perfectly complemented by Dasha Tolstikova's subtle yet striking illustrations. Beautifully produced, exceptionally entertaining." — Midwest Book Review Buy here

“A lonely mouse lived in a small house beside a great palace. 
In the great palace lived a cat.”

Each night the mouse gazes up at the cat in the palace tower. Is the cat my friend? he wonders. Determined to find out, he bravely makes his way into the palace through a tiny hole and climbs all the way up to the tower, where the cat sits on the windowsill.

“Hello, are you friend or foe?” he squeaks.

"A quiet, thoughtful narrative for all readers who like to wonder." — Kirkus Reviews

"A solid addition for most libraries; hand this one to fans of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s Sam and Dave Dig a Hole." ― School Library Journal

"A charming modern-day fable, without a simplistic moral, about what makes for and what undoes the sense of otherness." ― Brain Pickings

"Sobol's original and engaging story is perfectly complemented by Dasha Tolstikova's subtle yet striking illustrations. Beautifully produced, exceptionally entertaining." — Midwest Book Review

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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 Buy here

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

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THE JACKET is a book about Book. Book longs for someone to love him, but when it finally happens he finds that he must share the love with a very messy dog.  A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2014 A New York Times Editor's Choice A Huffington Post Honorable Mention for 'Most Charming' Picture Book of 2014 "This book is a revelation, seamlessly blending the cleverness of its conceit with the virtues of captivating storytelling...It's as poignant as it is smart. The beauty of Tolstikova's pastel-tinged illustrations, whose manner changes from page to page and suggests both childlike simplicity and a quiet mastery of modernist color and design, shows there's more to a book than its concept." —Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review "...ingenious and poignant..." —A New York Times "Notable Children's Book of 2014." "The book itself is part of the story. The jacket that the girl makes at the end of the book is identical to the jacket of the physical book. This fact makes for a fun read aloud...But The Jacket is much more than just a clever gimmick. There are big themes aplenty here: love, friendship, fear. All are handled with subtlety, making for a story with emotional depth...A book to love." —Travis Jonker, School Library Journal "The mixed-media illustrations do a beautiful job of capturing such things as the interior of a bookstore, the girl's love for both her companions...Book's understanding of the girl's love for her dog is a particularly poignant inclusion, both textually and visually. the idea's originality and the child-friendly instructions at the end of Book's tale make this a novel gift pick for the juvenile bibliophile." —Kirkus Reviews Buy here

THE JACKET is a book about Book. Book longs for someone to love him, but when it finally happens he finds that he must share the love with a very messy dog. 

A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2014
A New York Times Editor's Choice
A Huffington Post Honorable Mention for 'Most Charming' Picture Book of 2014

"This book is a revelation, seamlessly blending the cleverness of its conceit with the virtues of captivating storytelling...It's as poignant as it is smart. The beauty of Tolstikova's pastel-tinged illustrations, whose manner changes from page to page and suggests both childlike simplicity and a quiet mastery of modernist color and design, shows there's more to a book than its concept." —Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review

"...ingenious and poignant..." —A New York Times "Notable Children's Book of 2014."

"The book itself is part of the story. The jacket that the girl makes at the end of the book is identical to the jacket of the physical book. This fact makes for a fun read aloud...But The Jacket is much more than just a clever gimmick. There are big themes aplenty here: love, friendship, fear. All are handled with subtlety, making for a story with emotional depth...A book to love." —Travis Jonker, School Library Journal

"The mixed-media illustrations do a beautiful job of capturing such things as the interior of a bookstore, the girl's love for both her companions...Book's understanding of the girl's love for her dog is a particularly poignant inclusion, both textually and visually. the idea's originality and the child-friendly instructions at the end of Book's tale make this a novel gift pick for the juvenile bibliophile." —Kirkus Reviews

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