Belle of the Ball (Paperback)

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Belle of the Ball (Paperback)


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Phoenix Books Essex
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(Young Adult Graphic Novel)

March/April 2023 Kids Indie Next List

“This is so lovely! A great, inclusive graphic novel! The relationships created by the author are so sweet and wholesome, and this would be such an impactful read for young wlw. I can’t wait to promote this as much as it deserves!”
— Gianna Conidi, Harvey's Tales, Geneva, IL

Staff Reviews

This belongs on my favorites shelf. I devoured this book in 1 sitting. All the turbulence of high school relationships are at play here, with a wonderful underlying message of authenticity to yourself and your needs above what others want or expect from you. A super sweet sapphic love story that warmed my heart.

— From Belle of the Ball by Mari Costa

A 2024 Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ+ Comics

High-school senior and notorious wallflower Hawkins finally works up the courage to remove her mascot mask and ask out her longtime crush: Regina Moreno, head cheerleader, academic overachiever, and all-around popular girl. There’s only one teensy little problem: Regina is already dating Chloe Kitagawa, athletic all-star…and middling English student. Regina sees a perfectly self-serving opportunity here, and asks the smitten Hawkins to tutor Chloe free of charge, knowing Hawkins will do anything to get closer to her.

And while Regina’s plan works at first, she doesn’t realize that Hawkins and Chloe knew each other as kids, when Hawkins went by Belle and wore princess dresses to school every single day. Before long, romance does start to blossom…but not between who you might expect. With Belle of the Ball, cartoonist Mariana Costa has reinvigorated satisfying, reliable tropes into your new favorite teen romantic comedy.

Mari Costa is a Luso-Brazilian cartoonist with a bachelor's degree in Character Animation. She's in love with creating stories and populating them with people who have very messy interpersonal drama. Some of her work includes Life of Melody, The Demon of Beausoleil, and Belle of the Ball.

Product Details ISBN: 9781250784124
ISBN-10: 1250784123
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: March 21st, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English

"...a must for any teen graphic novel collection."—School Library Journal