(W/A) Alyssa Bermudez
In this heartfelt diary-style graphic memoir, a young New Yorker doodles her way through middle school - until the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack leaves her wondering if she can ever be a kid again. 12-year old Alyssa splits time between her Puerto Rican dad's apartment in Manhattan and her white mom's new place in Queens, navigating the trials and tribulations of middle school, and an epic crush on a new classmate. The only way to make sense of it all is to capture the highs and lows in doodles and hilarious comics in a diary. Then life abruptly changes on September 11, 2001. After the Twin Towers fall and so many lives are lost, worries about gossip and boys feel distant and insignificant. Alyssa must find a new sense of self and purpose amidst all of the chaos, and find the strength to move forward with hope.