Today, The Beat is pleased to provide you with your first look at the cover for the upcoming middle grade graphic novel The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat and Joanna Cacao, arriving on September 6th, 2022 from Scholastic Graphix!

Described as a memoir for two-time Newberry Honoree and Kirkus Prize winner Soontornvat, the story follows a pair of outsiders who work together to bolster each other’s confidence… which they’ll need, since the eponymous final tryout takes place in front of the whole student body!

The Tryout

Here’s the description of The Tryout from Graphix:

​​​​​​​As one of the only Asian American kids in her small Texas town, Christina just wants to fit in. Luckily, her best friend, Megan, who is Iranian American, can totally relate. The two girls have always been inseparable and relish creating elaborate fantasy worlds together. But middle school is a reality-check, and suddenly popularity is way more important than playing pretend. ​​​​​​​ When cheerleading tryouts are announced, Christina and Megan literally jump at the chance to join the squad. But does fitting in actually equal belonging? Will they survive the terrifying tryouts? And most importantly, will their friendship withstand the pressures of heated competition and rivalry? ​​​​​​​

You can learn more details about The Tryout over on Soontornvat’s website.

Arriving in September

The Tryout will be arriving from Scholastic Graphix in September 2022. What do you think of your first look at the cover of this upcoming graphic memoir? Will you be picking up a copy when it arrives this autumn?

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