This summer, JY – the Yen Press middle grade imprint behind celebrated works such as Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward, Brave, and Crush – presents its latest original graphic novel. Light-hearted and adorably illustrated, Kyle’s Little Sister by BonHyung Jeong addresses themes of being in the shadow of an older sibling, anxiety of not meeting expectations, and mending a friendship after a fight.
My name is Grace, not “Kyle’s little sister!”
Having a good-looking, friendly, outgoing older brother sucks—especially when you’re the total opposite, someone who likes staying home and playing video games. Your parents like him better (even if they deny it!), and everyone calls you “Kyle’s little sister” while looking disappointed that you’re not more like him. I was really hoping I’d get to go to a different middle school, but no such luck. At least I have my friends…until he finds a way to ruin that, too…! Argh! What do I have to do to get out of his shadow?!
Jeong captures the wide range of middle school experiences with a realistic voice and sweet artwork, depicting the raw emotions at play at this age with honesty and clarity. The nearly universal struggles of middle school – friendship and conflict, romance and heartbreak, sibling rivalry and familial love – will be relatable to anyone who has grappled with coming into their own. Kyle’s Little Sister has something for everyone, but especially young girls who want to see themselves in the comics they read.
BonHyung Jeong (Bon) studied Cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and Kyle’s Little Sister is her debut graphic novel, made possible with the help of numerous people. She hopes to make connections with others through relatable stories. Currently living in Korea, she’s always busy playing console games – exactly like someone in the book!
JY, the middle grade graphic novel division of Yen Press, LLC, was established in the fall of 2017. This imprint is a sign of the Yen Press commitment to actively grow the catalog of quality content targeting middle grade audiences while making that content easily identifiable for parents, booksellers, librarians, and educators. For more information, visit www.jyforkids.com.
About Yen Press, LLC
Yen Press, LLC is a joint venture between Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group. Founded in 2006, Yen Press is one of the largest and most prolific publishers of manga and original graphic novels in North America and is also a leading publisher of light novels and Japanese literature through its Yen On imprint. For more information, please visit www.yenpress.com.
One winner will receive a copy of Kyle’s Little Sister by BonHyung Jeong.
Giveaway open to US only. Must be 18+ or have parents permission to enter. Only one entry per household allowed. Prizing and samples provided by Media Masters Publicity. Giveaway ends July 2, 2021. Visit Giveaway Terms & Conditions for additional details and rules.