Marcus, a young boy who feels second best at school, suffers a serious brain injury as a side-effect of a virus. In hospital, and with fellow patient Emily’s help, Marcus learns to embrace who he really is as he finds ways to cope with his condition. A semi-autobiographical story, from Mandi Kujawa (Jacqueline the Singing Crow), beautifully illustrated in a familiar style which will make middle-grade readers feel at ease.
“A powerful and honest story that goes to places other, more sanitized narratives, do not. It is an important book.” – Mike Donachie, Toronto Star
“A Slug Story is the kind of graphic novel that should be made readily available in every children’s hospital across North America. This story truly affected me in ways I wasn’t emotionally prepared for. You see, I’m a father to a son who contracted bacterial meningitis as a baby, causing seizures, permanently impacting his memory. His life will be hard but at least I’m fortunate enough to still have him here with me all these years later. The emotional struggle on balancing life goals while dealing with all the limitations that this world throws at you is delivered in a very powerful way from writers Mandi and Hana Kujawa. The illustrations by Claude St. Aubin are also very warm and inviting, which make the artwork very appealing to both younger kids and grown-ups.
The graphic novel shifts quite drastically from our main character’s struggles with fitting in at school before he suddenly wakes up in a hospital to discover he’s forgotten several important memories and that he’s been having seizures to boot. During his stay, he forms a beautiful relationship with another patient and the two bond over their love for insects and so much more. The dialog felt extremely authentic and grounded in reality while still remaining hopeful and positive in spite of the difficult subject matter. A Slug Story filled my eyes with tears and my heart with hope; it’s a beautiful and uplifting graphic novel that tackles some of life’s toughest questions and ultimately shows us how simple acts of kindness can mean everything to someone who is struggling in ways we may not understand.” – Keven Skinner, Fox Force Five
“A warm, endearing story, skillfully tackling serious themes while also telling a lighthearted tale about a boy and his love for slugs. The hospital can be a scary place for a young person, A Slug Story will resonate with those who are or have been in a similar situation, and help process their experiences.” – Stephanie Cooke, Oh My Gods & ParaNorthern
“A Slug Story is a touching novel about coping with a serious illness… The illustrations are vibrant and evocative. They complement the narrative and help readers imagine the “angel wings” that Marcus and Emily see as they try to deal with serious brain dysfunction. An uplifting graphic novel about a young man who struggles to fit in with his peers. Concepts of friendship, courage, and kindness are highlighted because, “Kindness is actual magic.” 5/5 stars.” – Myra Junyk, Canadian Materials
Banff newspaper The Crag and Canyon interviewed authors Mandi and Hana Kujawa: you can read the story here.
Catch an interview with Mandi and Hana Kujawa at Comics Beat here.
A Slug Story was also featured in CBC Books’ Fall Comics Preview.
A Slug Story was featured on 49th Shelf’s Middle Grade Marvels.
WINNER OF THE DOUG WRIGHT ‘EGGHEAD’ AWARD FOR BEST KID’S BOOK 2021
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Mountain FM ran a new interview with co-author Mandi Kujawa following the win.
Read Alberta also ran a great interview with Mandi & Hana Kujawa.