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Little Fish : A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year
by Ramsey Beyer


Overview - Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an eighteen-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent, city-dwelling college student. Written in an autobiographical style with beautiful artwork, Little Fish shows the challenges of being a young person facing the world on your own for the very first time and the unease - as well as excitement - that comes along with that challenge.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an eighteen-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent, city-dwelling college student. Written in an autobiographical style with beautiful artwork, Little Fish shows the challenges of being a young person facing the world on your own for the very first time and the unease - as well as excitement - that comes along with that challenge.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781936976188
  • ISBN-10: 1936976188
  • Publisher: Zest Books
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 176
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
  • Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.75 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Beyer’s debut, a graphic novel–style autobiography, takes a potentially edgy subject—the first year at an art school full of outsiders and punk fans—and treats it in a wholesome way. She combines sheaves of typewritten lists (artifacts from her own first year) with naïf-style panel sequences to trace her transition from smalltown Michigan “little fish” to settled-in student in Baltimore. She writes surprisingly little about art and almost nothing about her own work. Instead, journal entries describe her feelings about where she comes from (“I have really supportive parents who encouraged me to go to art school”) and her social encounters: “Being here is just weird sometimes. Everything is uncertain. I don’t know how I feel. I don’t know how people feel about me.” As freshman year unfolds, Ramsey realizes a boy likes her, and she allows herself to like him back: “The main source of my happiness right now? Daniel and his cute face and how dorky he is.” Beyer’s b&w cartooning has a homey indie comics vibe, but the memoir’s essentially placid nature and run-of-the-mill observations make for a muted account. Ages 12–up. (Sept.) ■

 
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