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November 02, 2021
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An unforgettable graphic memoir by debut talent Sophia Glock reveals her discovery as a teenager that her parents are agents working for the CIA.

Young Sophia has lived in so many different countries, she can barely keep count. Stationed now with her family in Central America because of her parents' work, Sophia feels displaced as an American living abroad, when she has hardly spent any of her life in America.

Everything changes when she reads a letter she was never meant to see and uncovers her parents' secret. They are not who they say they are. They are working for the CIA. As Sophia tries to make sense of this news, and the web of lies surrounding her, she begins to question everything. The impact that this has on Sophia's emerging sense of self and understanding of the world makes for a page-turning exploration of lies and double lives.

In the hands of this extraordinary graphic storyteller, this astonishing true story bursts to life.

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Fascinating memoir told in graphic novel format of a teen who figures out her parents work for the CIA. This story follows Sophia as she questions why her family has moved so many times and why friendships aren’t encouraged. A chance peek at a letter from her older sister to her parents only has more questions unanswered.

What worked: I really enjoyed this format in which readers see how Sophia goes from being the awkward twelve-year-old who is forced into a Spanish immersion program and then to other schools outside of the United States. Each time Sophia asks her parents what their jobs are? She’s either brushed off or like her father tells her, “I’m an employee.”

Readers see how Sophia tries to make sense of her situation and her own challenges in high school. There are some sensitive topics mentioned which include suicide, deadly secrets, and some drug use. But Sophia's internal struggles are something readers might relate with. Not all is about her family, but rather her quest to fit in and to be accepted.

Intriguing glimpse into a teen’s questions about her parent’s jobs as agents for the CIA and her own search for her place in the world.
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