The Breakaways

The Breakaways is my new middle-grade graphic novel with First Second, coming out March 5, 2019! (Colors by Kevin Czap)

Age Range: Middle-grade, 8 - 11 years

Themes: Friendship, relationships, overcoming odds, slice-of-life

Summary: Quiet, sensitive Faith starts middle school already worrying about how she will fit in. To her surprise, Amanda, a popular eighth grader, convinces her to join the school soccer team, the Bloodhounds. Having never played soccer in her life, Faith ends up on the C team, a ragtag group that’s way better at drama than at teamwork. Although they are awful at soccer, Faith and her teammates soon form a bond both on and off the soccer field that challenges their notions of loyalty, identity, friendship, and unity.

The Breakaways is a portrait of friendship in its many forms, and a raw and beautifully honest look into the lives of a diverse and defiantly independent group of kids learning to make room for themselves in the world.

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"Johnson's graphic novel will resonate with readers who are figuring out who they are and where they belong."

- Publishers Weekly


- Kirkus Review

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Check out an excerpt from The Breakaways!:

Character sketches from the original pitch for The Breakaways: