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Life on Earth
a graphic novel trilogy by MariNaomi
Published by Graphic Universe, an imprint of Lerner Books

In the Life on Earth trilogy, Eisner-nominated cartoonist MariNaomi looks at life through the eyes
of several suburban teenagers: early romance, fraying friendships, and the traces of a mysterious--
maybe otherworldly--disappearance. Different chapters focus on different characters,
each with a unique visual approach.

Book One: Losing the Girl

losing the girl
Library bound ISBN-13: 978-1-5124-4910-5
Hardcover retail $29.32 (published January 1, 2018)
Paperback retail $11.99 (published May 1, 2018)
Buy it from Lerner Books or anywhere books are sold!

Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates are thinking the worst...or at least the weirdest.
It couldn't be an alien abduction, right?

None of Claudia's classmates at Blithedale High know why she vanished--and they're
dealing with their own issues. Emily's trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula's
hoping to step out of Emily's shadow. Nigel just wants to meet a girl who will laugh
at his jokes. And Brett hardly lets himself get close to anybody.

Included in the Texas Library Association's 2019 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List

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Book Two: Gravity's Pull

gravity's pull
ISBN: 154154269X
ISBN 13: 9781541542693
Kindle $9.99
Hardcover retail $29.32 (January 1, 2019)
Paperback retail $11.99 (March 5, 2019)

When Claudia Jones returns to her high school after a mysterious disappearance, she exerts a
strange effect on the classmates around her. Meanwhile, her fellow students also struggle
with the challenges of regular young-adult life. How should they navigate problems with
identity, illness, and consent? Bringing the full possibilities of the graphic novel medium
to the page, the author-artist writes and draws every chapter from a different character's
point of view in a unique art style.

Named a "Noteworthy Graphic Novel Sequel: Spring 2019" by Publisher's Weekly

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Book Three: Distant Stars

distant stars book cover art
Coming in March 2020!
More info TBA

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Sample Pages
from book one

From the perspective of Nigel Jones:


From the perspective of Emily Hiroko Baker:


From the perspective of Brett Hathaway:


From the perspective of Paula Navarro:


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Praise for Losing the Girl

"Losing the Girl is a success from top to bottom. ... There are many familiar elements of
teen romance here, to be sure, but MariNaomi approaches with a level of sophistication
and humanity that's rare for any story of this kind." ~ The Comics Journal

"...gripping, affecting graphic novel. ... A moody, compassionate reflection of
adolescence in turmoil." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"(MariNaomi's) creative artistic effects amplify the tension and awkward emotions,
transforming a familiar story of young love into something memorable and new."
~ Publisher's Weekly

"MariNaomi skillfully weaves webs of intrigue, and fans of suspenseful graphic
novels will be interested in how events play out."
~ School Library Journal

"What makes the book stand out are the sensibilities MariNaomi brings into the
work; giving it a subtle, grounded tone while still fully delving into the complex
ways friendship and romance can intertwine amidst a small group of people.
The book is smart and nuanced in a way that not only avoids the trap of
patronizing its intended audience, but also provides older readers a way to
reflect on the interconnectedness of their own lives."
~ Robin Enrico, Broken Frontier

"The first title in MariNaomi's Life on Earth graphic novel trilogy pushes past the
expected elements of a setup and well into what promises to be an involving
drama... Readers will be waiting."
~ The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (R = recommended title)

"Losing the Girl is a sparkling and complex novel with its feet on the ground and
its eyes on the stars. MariNaomi shows great empathy for her characters, even
as she refuses to sugarcoat the complexity of being a teen. Highly recommended!"
~ Hope Larson, cartoonist, author of Compass South and Knife's Edge

"MariNaomi authentically captures the angst, vulnerability, and longing of the
teenage soul through not just one but four unique and distinct voices."
~ Jen Wang, cartoonist, The Prince and the Dressmaker

Praise for Gravity's Pull

"Immediately after I finished Losing the Girl, the first book of the Life on Earth trilogy,
I deemed the follow-up to be one of my most anticipated sequels in a long time.  It does
not disappoint.  Missing prodigy Claudia Jones may be back, but she's brought with her
more questions than answers and a seemingly magnetic pull on some of the players.  The rest
are still coping with the fallout from their actions in the first book and circumstances beyond
their control.  There's still definitely something strange looming in the background, confirmed beyond
a doubt when Claudia's perspective is added to the mix.  There's nothing else quite like this
series out there, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here."
~ Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO

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© 2019 MariNaomi

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