On a Sunbeam

Title

On a Sunbeam

Authors

Tillie Walden

Publisher

First Second

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781250178145

Pages

533 pages

Genre

science fiction

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

In two interwoven timelines, a ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together; and two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love, only to learn the pain of loss.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

GN210L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Kinship care; Gay/Lesbian; Gender nonconformity; aunt raising niece; lesbian; lesbian teenager; same-sex marriage; non-binary

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Black / Latinx / White

Family Formation

two mothers; two aunts

LGBTQ+

lesbian female; non-binary person

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2018, Finalist, Young Adult Graphic Novel
Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, 2019, Finalist, Young Adult Fiction
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2018
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, 2018 Young Adult
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2019 Fiction

Keywords

space; boarding school; found family; romance; spaceship; isolation; bullying; sports

Diversity Impact

indirect

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