Lunar Boy

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The Witch Boy meets Stargazing in Lunar Boy, a debut middle grade graphic novel by twin creators Jes and Cin Wibowo, which follows the story of Indu, a young trans boy from the moon, who deals with the culture shock, familial struggle, and first crushes that come with living on Earth in this touching coming-of-age story.

Indu, a boy from the moon, feels like he doesn’t belong. He hasn’t since he and his adoptive mom disembarked from their spaceship—their home—to live on Earth with their new blended family. The kids at school think he’s weird; he has a crush on his pen pal, who might not like him back; and his stepfamily doesn’t seem to know what to do with him. Worst of all, Indu can’t even talk to his mom about how he’s feeling because she’s so busy.

In a moment of loneliness, Indu calls out to the moon, begging them to take him back. And against all odds, the moon hears him and agrees to bring him home on the first day of the New Year. But as the promised day draws nearer, Indu finds friendship in unlikely places and discovers that home is more than where you come from. And when the moon calls again, Indu must decide: Is he willing to give up what he’s just found?

Jes and CIn Wibowo are Chinese Indonesian twins born in Jakarta. As Third Culture Kids, they spent their early childhood years moving back and forth between the US and Indonesia. The two both graduated with a BFA and eventually an MFA in sequential arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. They're currently based in Jakarta, eating comfort food and being perpetually culture-shocked wherever they go.

"A radiant palette of warm, sun-drenched pinks and oranges underscore the vibrant community of care and support that envelop Indu. Reminiscent of Le Petit Prince, this lustrous debut graphic novel signals a much brighter future for its protagonist and those who relate to him." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This luminously illustrated graphic novel offers readers a lovely story of change, understanding, identity, and belonging. Stellar: both heartbreaking and heartwarming." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A fresh, empathetic tale of a transmasculine moon-boy’s journey toward understanding one’s space and the space that’s sometimes necessary to give others. An expansive, organic palette with pastel pops of trans-flag pride, all with inclusive and friendly character design that leaves readers feeling dipped in sun/moonshine." -Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"With gorgeous, imaginative, sci-fi art steeped in Indonesian culture, Lunar Boy is a must-have tale of belonging that reclaims the rich queer history of the pre-colonial past for the post-colonial future. This graphic novel made me feel so warm and hopeful." -Xiran Jay Zhao, author of New York Times bestselling Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor

"Lunar Boy is a salve for the yearning heart! A wonderfully vibrant and wholesome story of found family, and the importance of community." -Bre Indigo, co-author of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, The Dog Knight, and Northranger


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