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Take What You Can Carry

Take What You Can Carry

Kevin C. Pyle; illustrations by Kevin C. Pyle

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In 1977 suburban Chicago, Kyle runs wild with his friends and learns to shoplift from the local convenience store. In 1941 Berkeley, the Himitsu family is forced to leave their home for a Japanese-American internment camp, and their teenage son must decide how to deal with his new life. But though these boys are growing up in wildly different places and times, their lives intersect in more ways than one, as they discover compassion, learn loyalty, and find renewal in the most surprising of places.

Kevin C. Pyle's evocative images bring to life a story of unlikely ties across space and generations.

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)

Praise for Take What You Can Carry

“. . . speaks [to the] metaphorical journey of forgiveness and redemption.” —Horn Book

“...offers an expressive view of the past that is both nostalgic and harshly realistic.” —Booklist

“Pyle has created a quiet, contemplative, and effective glimpse into two distant in time yet similar lives.” —Publishers Weekly

“With this graphic novel, Kevin Pyle has eloquently mapped out the line between youth and adulthood. He captures pivotal moments of transformation through pitch-perfect dialogue and surprising graphic inventions. Blindspot is everything that is great and unique about this art form.” —Peter Kuper, author/artist of Sticks and Stones on Blindspot

“This perfectly captures a shining moment of boyhood . . .” —Booklist on Blindspot

“Pyle uses the graphic novel format to powerful effect. . . . This is a very smart and humane graphic novel that. . .resonates with a broad emotional range.” —Publishers Weekly on Blindspot

“The actions of these characters will make thoughtful readers reexamine their ideas about friendship, loyalty, and heroism.” —School Library Journal on Katman

“Inventive . . . an entertaining humanist parable.” —Booklist on Katman

Reviews from Goodreads

Kevin C. Pyle; illustrations by Kevin C. Pyle

Kevin C. Pyle is the author and illustrator of Blindspot and Katman, and his work has appeared in the Village Voice, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. He lives in New Jersey.

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