Allergic: A Graphic Novel

Allergic: A Graphic Novel

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A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl with severe allergies who just wants to find the perfect pet!

At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie loves animals and thinks a new puppy to call her own is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She's severely allergic to anything with fur!

Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet? With illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter, Megan Wagner Lloyd uses inspiration from her own experiences with allergies to tell a heartfelt story of family, friendship, and finding a place to belong.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 150 x 206 x 23mm | 499g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1338568914
  • 9781338568912
  • 746,064

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Praise for Allergic:

National Indie Bestseller

There's a lot packed into this graphic novel beyond the allergy story line: how family dynamics change with a new baby's arrival, how kids struggle to fit in and find friends. But while it addresses serious issues and emotions, Allergic, unlike hives and sneezing, is mostly madcap fun. -- The New York Times

Allergic is the sweetest story you'll read all year. A touching chronicle of a young girl's severe allergies woven into a meaningful journey of friendship, family, and self-discovery. -- Terri Libenson, New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Emmie

* A heartachingly enjoyable tale of resilience. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Readers will root for this realistic and relatable fifth grader, who's capable of kindness as well as envy and self-doubt... readers will easily identify with her trials and accomplishments. -- School Library Journal

Vibrant... easy to recommend. -- Booklist

Warm and well-paced... an encouraging tale for young readers engaging with the world of pets, family, and friendships. -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Allergic Audiobook:

* A first-rate full-cast audio treatment... Thanks to expertly mixed recording effects and a bouncy music score, the production sounds like a radio drama: overlapping voices, yipping dogs, and multitude of noises. -- Booklist, starred review
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About Megan Wagner Lloyd

Megan Wagner Lloyd is the author of several picture books, including Paper Mice, Building Books, Finding Wild, and Fort-Building Time. She lives in the Washington DC area. Visit her online at
Michelle Mee Nutter graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, 3x3 Illustration, Creative Quarterly, and more. Michelle lives in Boston. Visit her online at
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Rating details

2,546 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 47% (1,193)
4 37% (947)
3 12% (310)
2 2% (58)
1 1% (38)
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