There's something very charming about the graphic memoir. From Guy Delisle to Alison Bechdel, the medium has allowed some fantastic storytellers the space to stroll down memory lane. Now among their number is Raina Telgemeier, whose newest book, Sisters, tells the story of a summer family road trip taken the year before high school.
A companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Smile, Sisters takes on the well-tread topic of sibling relationships, with vicious fighting made worse by rising temperatures, pet deaths, and parents potentially splitting up. Ultimately, the memoir shows that despite high tempers, Raina and her sister Amara will always have each others' backs, and that long and difficult summers are made better with company.
With straightforward dialogue (perfect for the book's eight to twelve age range) and clean, cartoon-like art, Telgemeier keeps things simple, but her work is the richer for it. When the New York Times says you write stories we have all lived, and tell them "in a way that feels uncomfortable yet transcendent," you know you're doing something right.