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Stepping Stones: 06/11/20

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley is the first volume in middle grade graphic novel series, Pea Pod Farm. Jen and her mother have moved to Pea Pod Farm with her mother's new boyfriend, Walter. On the weekends she also has two almost step-sisters: Andy and Reese.

Jen has been stuck with the job of caring for the chicks. She also has to help run the stall at the weekly farmers' market. But she feels like no one listens to her and no one rewards her for her successes. She's only scolded for mistakes.

To further add to her ire, Walter doesn't call Jen by her name. He insists on calling her Jenny. He praises his daughters and scolds Jen. He likes to right even when he's wrong. He's a dudebro and Jen's mother can do better, frankly.

But if you've read Knisley's memoirs, you'll recognize her own life in Jen's. You'll recognize the farm from Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (2013). This series of graphic novels, though, will give the author to explore bits of her life in ways that she can't in a memoir.

Lucy Knisley's book is Linney which collects her online cat comics. It releases in Fall 2021.

Five stars

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