Audience:Children/juvenile: Interest age, years 9 - 12, Canadian school grade range 4 - 7, US school grade range 4 - 7, Reading age, years 9 - 12
Dimensions:8in x 6 in | 1 gr
Page Count:272 pages
Heartbreakingly honest and quietly funny, this graphic novel from a debut creator is a refreshingly real exploration of mental health, cultural differences, and the trials of middle school.
Livy is already having trouble fitting in as the new girl at school—and then there’s Viola. Viola is Livy’s anxiety brought to life, a shadowy twin that only Livy can see or hear. Livy tries to push back against Viola’s relentless judgment, but nothing seems to work until she strikes up new friendships at school. Livy hopes that Viola’s days are numbered. But when tensions arise both at home and at school, Viola rears her head stronger than ever. Only when Livy learns how to ask for help and face her anxiety does she finally figure out living with Viola.
Rosena Fung draws on her own early experiences with anxiety and the pressures of growing up as the child of Chinese immigrant parents to craft a charming, deeply personal story that combines the poignancy of Raina Telgemeier’s Guts with the wacky humor of Lumberjanes. Exuberant, colorful art brings Livy’s rich imaginative world—filled with everything from sentient dumplings to flying unicorns—to life on the page.
ROSENA FUNG is an illustrator and comic artist from Toronto, Ontario. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, giant murals, and on TV. Her favorite things are reading, cats, and eating snacks.
"Beautifully illustrated, relatable, and genuine."- Molly Brooks, creator of Sanity & Tallulah
"Heartfelt and fun, Living with Viola is going to mean a lot to an awful lot of kids."- Eleanor Davis, creator of Stinky, and You & a Bike & a Road
“Living with Viola is an insightful peek into the mind of an anxious young person (and her overbearing imaginary twin), told with both compassion and humor. Livy is a character with whom many readers will identify, and even more will empathize, as they accompany her on her journey through school, friendship, and family. Delightful."- Lisa Brown, creator of The Phantom Twin
"How does one exist when everything appears to be against us, especially ourselves? Through this beautifully drawn, and at turns funny and heart wrenching story, Livy finds her way. Rosena Fung's deeply moving and empowering book is sure to enter the kids' Graphic Medicine canon."- Fiona Smyth, creator of Sex Is A Funny Word (with Cory Silverberg), Somnambulance
"Living with Viola is an explosion of colours and emotions Rosena Fung has artfully woven into a heartbreakingly familiar tale many of her readers will feel in their bones. I’ll be tucking this important read onto my bookshelf to share with my own child so she can see how words can wound, even, maybe especially, when you turn them on yourself."- Britt Wilson, author of Ghost Queen, and Cat Dad, King of the Goblins
“Elevates the graphic novel genre with its heartfelt focus on mental health and immigrant experiences.”- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 07/27/21
“A charming, deeply personal story that combines the poignancy of Raina Telgemeier’s Guts with the wacky humor of Lumberjanes. Exuberant, colorful art brings Livy’s rich imaginative world–filled with everything from sentient dumplings to flying unicorns–to life on the page.”- MI Book Reviews, 08/09/21