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Graphic Novel Chat : SMALLER SISTER with author, Maggie Edkins Willis!

Thursday May 19 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Who is the event for? Grades 5-8

What will we do at the event? Hear about the upcoming release (June 14) of the graphic novel Smaller Sister and chat with the author and illustrator Maggie Edkins Willis

When and where is the meeting? Thurs, 5/19 @ 5 pm ON ZOOM


Are you in Grades 5-8 and LOVE graphic novels? Are you interested in talking about body image, self-esteem, confidence, anxiety, and mental health? Do you want to hear about how a graphic novel is created?

Self Care Packages:

In conjunction with Avon Youth Services, attendees will receive a small self-care package with coping tools and resources about eating disorders, body image, anxiety, stress, and self-esteem.

Pick up for self-care packages will be available for pick up beginning Thursday, May 5th.

Read a Digital Copy:

If you would like to have a head-start and be able to read a digital copy of the book before the meeting, select the option in the registration form and a link will be sent to you.

This special author event is sponsored by The Friends of the Avon Free Public Library!


How does this work:
1. Sign up for this event online.

2. Pick up your self care package starting on Thursday, May 5.

3. Have the option to read an advanced digital copy of the book (select this in the registration form). Do not under any circumstances share this link.

4. Show up to the meeting.

5. Pick up a finished copy of the book with a signed bookplate when it is published, after Tues, June 14.


What is this book about?

Maggie Edkins Wallis’s Smaller Sister is a debut middle grade graphic novel about body image, confidence, and the everlasting bond of sisterhood.

Lucy’s always looked up to her big sister, Olivia, even though the two are polar opposites. But then, Lucy notices Olivia start to change. She doesn’t want to play with Lucy anymore, she’s unhappy with the way she looks, and she’s refusing to eat her dinner. Finally, Lucy discovers that her sister is not just growing up: Olivia is struggling with an eating disorder.

While her family is focused on her sister’s recovery, Lucy is left alone to navigate school and friendships. And just like her big sister, she begins to shrink.

But with time, work, and a dose of self-love, both sisters begin to heal and let themselves grow. Soon enough, Olivia and Lucy find their way back to each other—because sisters are the one friend you can never ditch.


Thursday May 19
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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