While cartoonist Raina Telgemeier has been revealing a few details of her next graphic novel on her tour for Drama, Publishers Weekly made it official: her next book will be a companion of sorts to the autobiographical SMILE. Called SISTERS, it deals with “the inner workings of [Telgemeier’s] family,” specifically, her relationship with her young sister, which as you can see from the above artwork posted on her blog, wasn’t always smooth sailing.
On her blog, Telgemeier wrote:
I don’t have a set release date yet, but it will be sometime next year. I’m working on the art as we speak! Enjoy a sneak peak, above, at a couple of my penciled panels.
I’m pretty excited about this book, and even more excited now that I’m able to share the title with all of you! Of course I’ll share more information here on my site when I’ve got it.
SISTERS is scheduled for a 2014 release and is the first in a two-book deal at Scholastic for the author.
SMILE has become a classic in libraries and book fairs, and DRAMA was one of the best selling books of 2013, cementing Telegemeier as one of the best-loved kids’ authors in the whole cartooning set.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.