- Imprint: Amulet Books
- Publication Date: April 7, 2020
- Price: $22.99
- Trim Size: 6 1⁄2 x 9
- ISBN: 978-1-4197-3423-6
- EAN: 9781419734236
- Page Count: 192
- Illustrations: Two-color illustrations throughout
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: World English
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A bold and original YA graphic novel about battling your inner doubts and fears—and finding your genius
Sometimes, the world is too much for Mona Starr. She’s sweet, geeky, and creative, but it’s hard for her to make friends and connect with other people. She’s like a lot of sensitive teenagers—but in the hands of graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge, Mona’s struggle with depression takes on a vivid, concrete form. Mona calls it her Matter. The Matter gets everywhere, telling Mona she’s not good enough, and that everyone around her wishes she would go away. But through therapy, art, writing, and the persistence of a few good friends, Mona starts to understand her Matter, and how she—and readers—can turn their fears into strengths. Heartfelt, emotionally vulnerable, and visually stunning, The Dark Matter of Mona Starr is a story that takes the inner life of a teenager seriously, while giving readers a new way to look at the universal quest for meaning and connection.
**STARRED REVIEW**— School Library Journal
"This immersive portrayal of a sensitive teen learning to live with mental illness will earn nods of recognition from readers coping with anxiety or depression but will also resonate with young people facing any fear."
"Introspective, honest, and hopeful, this is a realistic look at the impacts of mental illness that so many youth experience."— Booklist
About the author
Laura Lee Gulledge is the author of the graphic novels Will & Whit and Page by Paige, which was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award. She is also a teaching artist as seen through her interactive book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Visit her online at whoislauralee.com.