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October 2, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Magic City Books is proud to welcome Rachel Elliott, a native Oklahoman, for an event celebrating her middle grade graphic novel, The Real Riley Mayes at 2:00 pm on Sunday October 2. This free event will take place in the Lynn Riggs Theater at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4th Street.
Funny and full of heart, The Real Riley Mayes is a debut graphic novel about friendship, identity, and embracing all the parts of yourself that make you special.
The Real Riley Mayes is available at Magic City Books and will be for sale at the event. You can purchase a copy online and have it signed and shipped to you anywhere in the U.S. https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/the-real-riley-mayes/872.
About The Real Riley Mayes
Fifth grade is just not Riley’s vibe. Everyone else is squaded up–except Riley. Her best friend moved away. All she wants to do is draw, and her grades show it.
One thing that makes her happy is her favorite comedian, Joy Powers. Riley loves to watch her old shows and has memorized her best jokes. So when the class is assigned to write letters to people they admire, of course Riley’s picking Joy Powers!
Things start to look up when a classmate, Cate, offers to help Riley with the letter, and a new kid, Aaron, actually seems to get her weird sense of humor. But when mean girl Whitney spreads a rumor about her, things begin to click into place for Riley. Her curiosity about Aaron’s two dads and her celebrity crush on Joy Powers suddenly make more sense.
Readers will respond to Riley’s journey of self-discovery and will recognize themselves in this character who is less than perfect but trying her best. And creative kids will recognize themselves in her love of art and drawing.
While often funny and light, Riley’s exploration of what it feels to be an outsider and how hard it can be to make a friend break your heart in the best way. And with all of Riley’s hijinks and missteps, this story is laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish.
Rachel Elliott took her first drawing class at age eight at a neighbor’s farm in Oklahoma. She now teaches writing and comics classes in Kentucky, where she lives with her partner. The Real Riley Mayes is her first book. You can learn more about Rachel at www.rachelelliott.me.