A Year Without Mom

A Year Without Mom

Book - 2015
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Follows twelve-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America. It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air. But Dasha is more worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother. Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America -- a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she loves.
Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781554986927
Branch Call Number: KIDS GRAPHIC TOL
Characteristics: 167 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm


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SKatlibrary Mar 27, 2017

A graphic novel for older kids. When her mother goes to the U.S.A. to study, Dasha must handle her school, friends, and plans for the future on her own - she has good friends and supportive grandparents, but things are just not the same without her mother.

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Jun 02, 2016

The story follows 12-year old Dasha who must stay with her grandparents in Russia while her mother goes to the U.S. for a whole year in order to attend graduate school. Set in the early 1990s, Dasha's experiences with friends and first loves seem very real. The pictures are so simple, but show the emotion that teens feel at this stage. Adults, tweens and teens (Ages 10-14) will enjoy this graphic novel for its honesty.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Oct 29, 2015

Oh, these illustrations! They are absolutely why I picked up the book in the first place. So adorable. The story itself is interesting- girl coming of age in early 90's Moscow while her mom studies in the U.S.- though I would not say that the writing is superb. But oh, these illustrations!

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Jan 31, 2017

pink_panther_267 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14


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