From the creator of Fake Blood comes another exceptionally charming middle grade graphic novel about friendships both near and far, far away.
Vega’s summer vacation is not going well.
When her parents decide it’s time to pack up and leave her hometown of Portland, Oregon, behind for boring Seattle, Washington, Vega is more than upset—she’s downright miserable. Forced to leave her one and only best friend, Halley, behind, Vega is convinced she’ll never make another friend again.
To help her settle into her new life in Seattle, her parents send Vega off to summer camp to make new friends. Except Vega is determined to get her old life back. But when her cellphone unexpectedly calls it quits and things at camp start getting stranger and stranger, Vega has no choice but to team up with her bunkmates to figure out what’s going on!
Astronomy-loving Vega, a light brown skinned girl, is uninterested in making new friends when she moves to Seattle with her two fathers for one dad's new tech job. Instead, Vega's determined to stay in touch with her best friend Halley, a bespectacled white girl back in Portland. But when Halley falls off the grid right before Vega's dads ship her off to Camp Very Best Friend, Vega struggles with feelings of friendlessness in a new place. Her Black bunkmate, rock-loving Gemma, already has a "built-in BFF" in her twin Isaac, leaving Vega with chatty computer geek Qwerty, cued Vietnamese, and peculiar blond white kid George, adored by a cadre of overly enthusiastic counselors. When Vega, Gemma, Isaac, and Qwerty discover a pine cone that is actually a high-tech speaker, it becomes clear there's something quite strange about camp. Boldly colored, expressive digital illustrations by Gardner (Becoming RBG) particularly stand out when depicting holographic bears and special camp vans; helpful inset diagrams throughout offer information on scientific concepts and instruments. This delightful, oft-comedic graphic novel injects familiar themes with ample imagination, as Vega and campmates learn that "Friendship is a renewable resource." Final art not seen by PW. Ages 10 up. \n