You're Welcome, Universe

You're Welcome, Universe

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When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a "mainstream" school in the suburbs, where she's treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up. Out in the 'burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing offand showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war
Publisher: New York : Alfred A Knopf, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399551420
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Gardner, W 2017
Characteristics: 297 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: You are welcome, universe


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List - Diversity in YA Lit
KHCPL_Mikayla Mar 08, 2018

Diverse YA Lit - Deaf, Indian-American, LGBTQ

Teen Fiction: Teenage graffiti artist Julia becomes embroiled in a tagging war with an unknown rival.

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Oct 25, 2017

Found the graffitti world mildy interesting. But wasn't enthralled with the story.

Jun 11, 2017

I loved every page of this book! Funny, relatable, real, unpredictable. Loved the characters and conflicts, loved the art, loved the solutions to describing visual language ASL; liked the realistic pace at which YP learns ASL; loved how Deaf culture was featured.

AL_PRINAL Apr 01, 2017

This book is exceptional. Gardner is a true master of creating smart, fully realized characters, and her empathy and wit make her books something really special. Not to mention the ART!! I love how the illustrations add so much to the overall story.
This diverse, intersectional story about friendship and trust made me remember what it was like to be a teenager, and Julia is the kind of bold, complicated, talented teen I would have loved to know when I was her age.
I cannot wait to see what's next for Whitney Gardner.


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