Timid: A Graphic Novel (Paperback)

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By Jonathan Todd, Jonathan Todd (Illustrator)
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“Remember trying to make friends in a new school? Take that and add a huge culture shift from Florida to Massachusetts. Cecil’s internal monologue will feel very familiar to shy kids. I absolutely love how he stands up for his love of making art.”
— Kristin Richland, Phoenix Books Burlington, Burlington, VT


A semiautobiographical middle-grade graphic novel about frenemies, fitting in, and finding your voice.

Cecil Hall and his family have just moved from Florida to Massachusetts, near Boston. Cecil is anxious about making friends because he doesn't know where he'll fit in. His older sister, Leah, thinks he should befriend the other black kids at his new school, but Cecil isn't sure how he’d go about doing that. He wants to be known for his comics-making talent, anyway. But the few kids who are impressed by Cecil's art aren’t always nice to him. When one of his drawings is misused and gets him into serious trouble, can Cecil stand up for himself and figure out who his real friends are?

About the Author

Jonathan Todd is a cofounder of the Boston Kids Comics Fest and former second-grade teacher. He was a Jacqueline Woodson Fellow in the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing program at Lasell University, where he studied writing for children and young adults. A frequent comics teacher in children’s and young adult departments in libraries and schools, Jonathan was the 2015 Graphic Novelist-in-Residence at the Morse Institute and Bacon Free libraries near Boston. Before writing and drawing graphic novels for kids, Jonathan studied journalism and illustration at Syracuse University and English and history at Emory University. He was also an education reporter and political cartoonist. His cartoons have appeared in dozens of newspapers, including the Boston Globe, the Tennessean, and the Cincinnati Enquirer. He lives near Boston with his wife, two children, and an irresistible lemon beagle named Carino.

Praise For…

Praise for Timid:

American Booksellers Association Indie Next Pick

★ "A must-have for all middle grade collections, Timid is sure to fit right in next to other popular contemporary graphic novels such as Jerry Craft’s New Kid, Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter, and Guts by Raina Telgemeier." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Todd’s bold inks and vibrant, moody palette capture the nostalgia and inner dialogue of old-school comic strips, resulting in a refreshing take on classic newspaper illustrations that paints a lively graphic novel portrait of Cecil’s trial-and-error approach to building authentic friendships and navigating pre-teen growing pains." -- Publishers Weekly

"An inspiring coming-of-age story." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Illustrated in deliciously bright colors, Timid’s offbeat, cartoony drawing style captures the powerful emotions that drive young people’s lives." -- NPR.org

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338305708
ISBN-10: 1338305700
Publisher: Graphix
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English