From New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Yoshi Yoshitani (Zatanna and the House of Secrets) comes a story about Mandy, the daughter of super-famous superhero Starfire.
Seventeen-year-old Mandy, daughter of Starfire, is NOT like her mother. Starfire is gorgeous, tall, sparkly, and a hero. Mandy is NOT a sparkly superhero. Mandy has no powers, is a kid who dyes her hair black and hates everyone but her best friend Lincoln. To Starfire, who is from another planet, Mandy seems like an alien, like some distant angry light years away moon.
And it’s possible Mandy is even more distant lately, ever since she walked out on her S.A.T.s. Which, yeah, her mom doesn’t know.
Everyone thinks Mandy needs to go to college and become whoever you become at college, but Mandy has other plans. Mandy’s big plan is that she’s going to move to France and…do whatever people do in France. But then everything changes when she gets partnered with Claire for a school project. Mandy likes Claire (even if she denies it, heartily and intensely). A lot.
How do you become the person you’re supposed to be when you don’t know what that is? How do you become the person you’re supposed to be when the only thing you’re sure of is what you’re not?
When someone from Starfire’s past arrives, Mandy must make a choice: give up before the battle has even begun, or step into the unknown and risk everything to save her mom. I am Not Starfire is a story about teenagers and/as aliens; about knowing where you come from and where you are going; and about mothers.
New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki brings her emotional and witty storytelling to a original character in the DC Universe
Artist Yoshi Yoshitani brings her colorful and beautifully designed artwork and storytelling from the middle grade world to the YA market
Explores themes of generational differences, especially between immigrant parents and their children
Main characters feature body diversity, as well as diversity in race and sexuality
Queer romance at the heart of the story
A mother-daughter story about legacy.
Uses the Teen Titans as adults to explore relationship between celebrity parents and their children.
Marketing: National Print/Digital Advertising Campaigns with some of the following: Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram
Digital advertising with some of the following: Shelf Awareness, Goodreads, NetGalley, Booklist, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram
LibraryCon and local book fair support nationwide
Digital galley timed to book release and possible inclusion of galley in ABA IndieBound and Library Journal mailings, when physical mailings are available