Quiet, sensitive Faith starts middle school already worrying about how she will fit in. To her surprise, Amanda, a popular eighth grader, convinces her to join the school soccer team, the Bloodhounds. Having never played soccer in her life, Faith ends up on the C team, a ragtag group that’s way better at drama than at teamwork. Although they are awful at soccer, Faith and her teammates soon form a bond both on and off the soccer field that challenges their notions of loyalty, identity, friendship, and unity.
The Breakaways from Cathy G. Johnson is a raw and beautifully honest graphic novel that looks into the lives of a diverse and defiantly independent group of kids learning to make room for themselves in the world.
Select praise for THE BREAKAWAYS:
Booklist review: “Kids after empowering, character-driven stories about realistic friendships will fall in love.”
Kirkus review: "Groundbreaking—and as complicated as middle school."
Publishers Weekly review: "Johnson’s graphic novel will resonate with readers who are figuring out who they are and where they belong."
School Library Journal review: “A down-to-earth friendship story for readers of Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward, Jennifer L. Holm's Sunny Side Up, and Raina Telgemeier's Drama.”