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  • Title: A Year Without Mom
  • Author: Dasha Tolstikova
  • ISBN: 9781554986927
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover

  • A Year Without Mom follows twelve year old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America.It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air But Dasha is worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is toA Year Without Mom follows twelve year old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America.It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air But Dasha is worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she loves.This gorgeous and subtly illustrated graphic novel signals the emergence of Dasha Tolstikova as a major new talent.
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    A Year Without Mom was a nice little read on this windy, cold, snowy day. The narrative was interesting--it was told in present tense, which I wasn't expecting, and made it feel like it wasn't a memoir but a fictional story. The cool things about memoirs is that the author looks back on their life and decide how to share their life with their readers. But since this was told in present tense it have that looking-back, thoughtful, possibly nostaglic quality that a lot of memoirs (especially graph [...]

    David Schaafsma
    Found in the teen YA section of my library, this is more of an illustrated story of one year in a girl's life when her Mom was in the U.S. while she stayed with Grandma in Moscow. Set during the 1991 coup d'etat against Gorbachev, it could have had something very interesting to tell. Hey, I was actually there in Moscow that same year, for a couple weeks, so I was interested in what it had to say about that! But there was nothing; not much happened that year, except her first crush.The title real [...]

    3.5 stars. I really liked the minimal use of colour, and the charcoals, greys and blacks forming the bulk of each page.

    Krista Regester
    A sweet coming of age story that takes place in Russia. Dasha is a twelve year old girl who has to deal with difficult situations and making mature decisions while her mother is away for a year in America. This is a very sentimental and bitter sweet graphic novel with great descriptive illustrations.

    A Year Without Mom is absolute perfection.Every word, so carefully chosen, is like having Dasha Tolstikova sit across from you, telling her story, holding your hand, cutting deep into your heart. In the best way, I mean. The text is extraordinary, crafted in a way that conveys the emotional depth of the story right to your soul. You feel everything 12-year-old Dasha feels. This is no easy feat: To be able to write such an accessible story that carries such huge big emotion.The illustrations carr [...]

    Gary Anderson
    At first I was thinking, "Except for how it's set in Russia, I've read this storyline many times. And the artwork is too drab." Then it hit me. Yes, A Year Without Mom has a familiar plot--adolescent girl is separated from parents and has to navigate school, friends, and the future more or less on her own--but that Russian setting is what makes it so relevant. Young people all over the world have similar issues and problems like those experienced by young Dasha. Set the story in Russia, and all [...]

    A Year Without Mom lives outside the box of whatever kind of kids’ book box you want to try to put it in. It’s like a really long picture book for much, much older kids; it’s also graphic novel length and age group, but doesn’t have panels and instead has small blocks of text alongside full-page illustrations; and it’s a historical memoir, too. While her story takes place in 1990’s Russia (rooted in such a specific time and place), it never feels that far away from the reader. Of cou [...]

    VERY nice art work.Well designed.The story/memoir is dull to the extreme.The activities of and 'crises' faced by this girl are so mundane and typical as to be soporific.I can't help thinking that if this book were reflecting on a North American girl of this period/age level/family background instead of one living in the Soviet Union, this publisher would not have remotely considered publishing it. And even though the book is set in the Soviet Union (and the transition to Russia is part of the ti [...]

    Rod Brown
    A memoir about a twelve-year-old girl that feels as if it were written and drawn by a twelve-year-old girl. Between the numerous pages devoted to her girlhood crush are a few references to the fact that she is living through the collapse of the Soviet Union. I might have let this dull and pointless book off with two stars if the creator hadn't decided to put "I say" and "she says" tags beneath every word balloon. That's just annoying as hell.

    Bilan M. Atayaah
    I love the artwork and the quality production of the graphic novel itself but the story was really lacking. I expected a more in depth look into the process of immigrating to the US or even into the relationships between mother and daughter once they'd been separated but nothing. All very surface level. Really disappointed with the limited narrative as I felt it could have been explored in a much richer way.

    I breezed through this little book in a couple of hours. If you're just skimming the surface, it's an easy read, but I wanted to savor it, spend some time with each page and let it reveal to me the details that might remind me of my own childhood in '90s Moscow. Overall - and this is entirely, entirely subjective and doesn't reflect on the validity of the book at all - I didn't relate to Dasha's story as much as I expected to, and ultimately that was a disappointment. When I first heard about th [...]

    Melissa Chung
    Giving this graphic novel 3 stars. It was okay.This graphic novel is about a 12 year old girl named Dasha who lives in Russia. Her whole family is into writing. Her grandmother writes, her mother is in advertisement. They, as a family go to writing retreats every summer. Dasha's mother has been excepted to do her masters program in advertisement in America. She leaves Dasha with her grandparents.This book is about the year Dasha spends away from her mom and what she does in the meantime. It is w [...]

    An interesting look into a year in the life of a Russian girl whose mother moves to the US to get a better education. There's friendship squabbles, crushes, tension with family, and then, of course, the Russian politics of the early 90s. I'm curious how young readers will take this one. There's nothing bad about it, but there's also nothing particularly noteworthy if you're not familiar with the Cold War nor about what was going on in Russia during that time period (I only know very little mysel [...]

    I really enjoyed this very quick and short graphic novel. The art was great and there was the perfect amount of text. I docked a star because I would have loved to see an extension to the ending we got. I still enjoyed the ending but would have liked to see a bit more than what we did. Overall, a very enjoyable graphic novel about a small Russian girl that had me glued to the pages.

    Sarah Nelson
    I liked this. Though quiet, this graphic novel gives us a rare little window into a child's life in Russia. When mom leaves for graduate school in the United States, 12-year-old Dasha is left behind in Moscow to navigate a year of challenging friendships, school exams, and a crushing crush on a boy named Petya. The drawings are simple, but evocative and full of feeling.

    It was pretty good and had an interesting art style. Although after I finished it I felt like there wasn’t enough. Like I needed more of a story.

    Source: 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books ListA Year Without My Mom is a graphic novel written in first person that recounts the story of Dasha, the author, when she was 12. Her mom moved to America for a year to complete a master’s program, leaving Dasha to live with her Grandparents. It takes place in Moscow, Russia during the early 1990s. The illustrations in this graphic novel are black and white, with some accents of red and blue. They help to tell the story, as the dull colors r [...]

    Dasha is twelve when her mother leaves Moscow to go to school in America. Dasha is left in the care of her grandparents. It is the early 1990s and things are changing in Russia. Dasha though is more interested in her first crush on a boy, her friendships, and her trip to Germany for Christmas. She misses her mother terribly and has to figure out how to have a life without her there. Dasha’s life reaches a crisis when she fails an important test because she is having problems with the boy she l [...]

    Nicole Santiago
    This graphic memoir, set in Russia during the political turmoil of the 1990s, is easily accessible and showcases universal themes about growing up like romantic heartache, self-esteem challenges, peer pressure, single-parenthood, and competitive school selection processes. The main character, 12-year-old Dasha, lives with her grandparents and mother until her mother decides to complete her master's degree in America. During the year that Dasha's mother attends the University of Illinois, there i [...]

    Ade Yang
    I really like the girl---Dasha's life. Leave mom and home is an difficult thing.

    This art is stunning--I could look at full page spreads of Dasha's self-portraits all day. And her depictions of cities and streets and living rooms and classrooms--complex and sparse and controlled and warm in places. The story is also good: Dasha's loneliness and angsty tween-ness comes through with earnestness and truth. But the part that was missing for me was context--an explanatory comma, if you will--about a more macro picture of what it meant to grow up in Moscow in the 90s. Without an i [...]

    Not too bad, but doesn't really fit in a clear category so would be hard to market to patrons. It *really* bothered me that Tolstikova kept the "she says" and "he says" in there when she was using word bubbles. It dramatically screwed with the flow of the story and made what could have been a more successful back-and-forth comics/prose hybrid. The story itself was all right. There's nothing terribly remarkable about it except for the cross-cultural element, and we don't really get a lot of cultu [...]

    Julia Mcknight
    In a spare and detached but very likeable voice, Tolstikova tells the story of a year in her life at the age of twelve. The story tackles timely as well as timeless issues like transcontinental families, coming of age, friendship, the first crush, moving to a new country, coping with change. The illustrations, while minimal, convey all the emotions that go unexpressed in the narrative but lie just below the surface. There is an admirable restraint, an elegant simplicity throughout that I found r [...]

    I liked this--the art is pretty, and I enjoyed the story of Dasha's year in Russia while her mom was living in Chicago. I guess the main idea is that a lot can happen in a year and your feelings can change, and that change is hard and being a kid is hard. I didn't feel like there was much more to it than that though, and I guess I wish there were a little more depth, or a little more about what was going on in Russia during that time. There are about five pages of the 1991 Soviet coup d'état at [...]

    I requested this book from the library because it was suggested to me as a graphic novel that I might enjoy, so I was a little bummed to see that it actually is not comics, but heavily illustrated prose with 2 or 3 instances where word balloons are used. The drawings are very nice, and I enjoyed the way the book looked more than the content, which wasn't offensive in anyway, but was just mostly unremarkable. It's a light, quick read with some nice art; I'm sure that younger readers may connect w [...]

    Hmm. Well, I LOVED the art. It's beautiful, and it made this book worth reading for me. But the storywasn't. First of all, there's really no reason to know it's set in 1990s Russia because this book gives zero insight into what it was like to live then. I guess it's an OK picture of what it's like to be a 12-year-old girl, but I would have liked to see a wordless version of this because the words are really just something to step over on your way to more beautiful illustrations. But there are wo [...]

    Marta Boksenbaum
    This is a very impressive graphic novel. A snapshot of a young Russian girl's experience when her mother goes to America to pursue a master's degree, the story follows a year of living with her grandparents. The stark, sparsely colored illustrations portray our protagonist's emotions through contrast and line. This story has less plot, and more of an exploration of a character and her state of being. This intelligent novel does not pander to tweens, rather it trusts them to be intelligent and em [...]

    Described as a graphic novel it feels more like an illustrated chapter book. Was drawn in by the title and stark illustrations then later intrigued by the Russian setting. The illustrations do most of the work in conveying how everyone feels, usually by the blush on their cheeks or the empty dark wash of pages with no text at all. Appreciated the complete lack of angsty inner-dialogue while Dasha maturely handles the emotional upheavals in her life. This is a quick read with lovely illustrations [...]

    Kimberley Moran
    I loved this autobiography about a young girl in Russia whose mother leaves for America for one year to go to school. Tolstikova has the perfect voice of a 12 year old. I also learned a lot about Russian culture. The illustrations contribute to how special this book is. I wanted to flip it to the front and read it again right away.

    The best part about this (really what I'd consider a graphic essay) is the description of the writers retreat she would attend as a child with her grandmother. A place where adult writers could gather and their children would do their own creative work. This was in 1990s Russia. Why don't we have something like that now in America?

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