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EIGHTH GRADE IS MAKING ME SICK by Jennifer L. Holm; illustrated by Elicia Castaldi

The funny, quirky, totally original story of story of Ginny, told entirely through her stuff


 “The punchy visuals and the sharp, funny details reel in the audience and don’t let go.”

—Publishers Weekly, Starred

From the author of the beloved Babymouse and Squish graphic novel series and the winner of three Newberry Honor books—Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise—comes another must read! Ginny has big plans for eighth grade. She’s going to try out for cheerleading, join Virtual Vampire Vixens, and maybe even fall in love. But middle school is more of a roller-coaster ride than Ginny could have ever predicted. Her family has just moved into a fancy new house when Ginny’s stepdad loses his job. (Can worrying about money make you sick?). Ginny’s big brother keeps getting into trouble. And there’s a new baby on the way. (Living proof that Ginny’s mom and stepdad are having sex. Just what she needs.) Filled with Post-its, journal entries, grocery lists, hand-drawn comic strips, report cards, IMs, notes, and more, Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick is the sometimes poignant, often hilarious, always relatable look at a year in the life of one girl, told entirely through her stuff.


Part graphic novel, part scrapbook and altogether original, Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick is just right for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Babymouse!


Jennifer L. Holm is the author of three Newbery Honor Books—Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise—as well as the Babymouse and Squish series, which she collaborates on with her brother, Matthew Holm. She lives in California with her husband and two young children. Jenni survived eighth grade. Barely.


Elicia Castaldi is an award-winning illustrator and author. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and has loved making art since she can remember. After graduating RISD she moved to (the best place on earth) New York City, where she plans to forever remain.


Random House Books for Young Readers | On sale August 7, 2012 | Ages 8–12

Hardcover: 978-0-375-86851-1 | $15.99 | $18.99 Can. | 128 pages

Ebook: 978-0-375-89920-1 | $10.99 | $10.99 Can.

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