Match Point! (Paperback)

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Match Point! (Paperback)

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A debut middle grade graphic novel by Maddie Gallegos about two girls: one who hates racquetball and another who loves it—and the strong friendship that blossoms through, and often despite, the sport.

Rosie Vo is at odds with her dad. He pushes his racquetball hobby on to her to the point that she dreads ever spending time with him. Thankfully, new kid Blair moves to town and becomes fast friends with Rosie. She's cool, a great listener, and even better, the best distraction from the tension Rosie feels at home.

Rosie’s convinced Blair is the answer to all her dad-problems. If only Blair could be the racquetball genius Rosie's dad has always wanted! But Blair disagrees, hoping to show her that with a friend by her side, Rosie can face both her dad and racquetball.

Maddie Gallegos grew up in Highlands Ranch, Colorado where she fell in love with soccer. Years later, during her time at the Savannah College of Art and Design, she fell in love with just about every other sport out there as well. Nowadays, she spends her time skateboarding with her friends, waiting for the new Carly Rae Jepsen album, and hunting down the best fried pickles in Colorado. Match Point! is her debut graphic novel.

Product Details ISBN: 9781250784148
ISBN-10: 125078414X
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English

"Visually unique and intersectionally diverse characters populate this warmhearted jaunt, rendered in eye-catching full color and teeming with onomatopoeia depicted in bouncy, kinetic text bubbles." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A heartwarming sports story showing a journey of personal growth. " — Kirkus Reviews

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This story is instantly relatable to tween and teen readers trying to live up to parental expectations while establishing their own autonomy." — SLJ

"It can be difficult to translate the action of a sport into just a few panels, but Gallegos does a great job making those scenes dynamic and engaging." — Booklist