Tegan and Sara: Junior High
Tegan and Sara: Junior High
By Tegan Quin, Sara Quin and Tillie Walden. Published by Farrar Straus Giroux.
Softcover, 304 pages, Monochrome and 2/3/4-Colour, 2023.
AN INDIE BESTSELLER
From indie-pop twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara comes a contemporary middle grade graphic novel that explores growing up, coming out, and finding yourself through music and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Sisters.
Before Tegan and Sara took the music world by storm, the Quins were just two identical twins trying to find their place in a new home and new school. From first crushes to the perils of puberty, surviving junior high is something the sisters plan to face side by side, just like they've always faced things. But growing up also means growing apart, as Tegan and Sara make different friends and take separate paths to understanding their queerness. For the first time ever, they ask who one sister is without the other.
Set in the present day, this effervescent blend of fiction and autobiography, with artwork from Eisner Award–winner Tillie Walden, offers a glimpse at the two sisters before they became icons, exploring their shifting relationship, their own experiences coming out, and the first steps of their musical journey.
A prequel of sorts to the authors' bestselling adult memoir High School, now an 8-episode Freevee television series!
An Indie Bestseller
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
“A heartfelt, visually stunning coming-of-age story . . . Walden’s art, paired with the authors’ lyrical words, create an emotionally resonant reading experience that is sure to mesh with adolescents’ big feelings . . . Highly recommended for fans of Svetlana Chmakova and Molly Knox Ostertag.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“The high and lows of preteens navigating school and life, inspired by the Quin sibling pop duo’s actual childhoods . . . Walden’s illustrations are, as usual, wonderfully expressive . . . Tugs at the heartstrings like a well-tuned guitar.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The latest book from rock's favorite multihyphenate twins . . . Tweendom may be nobody's favorite era, but it's also undeniably formative—a time when swirling questions of identity and purpose and who you want to be as a person start to solidify in real and surprising ways. As young queer girls navigating those rocky shoals and simultaneously beginning to find their voices through music, who better to speak to that moment?” —Entertainment Weekly
“Popular twin-sister musicians Tegan and Sara share a fictionalized tale of their early adolescence in this first book of a planned duology . . . Fans of the duo’s work will love this and so will anyone who understands how awkward and important junior high can be.” —Booklist
“Timelessly resonant.” —Publishers Weekly