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Generation Misfits

Generation Misfits

Akemi Dawn Bowman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


Generation Misfits by Akemi Dawn Bowman is a heartwarming, fish-out-of-water own voices story about an eleven-year-old Japanese-American girl who finds her true friendsthrough the power of J-Pop!

Millie is attending a real school for the first time, and she dreams of finally having friends and a little bit of freedom. She finds her chance when she joins an imitation band of her favorite J-Pop group, where she's thrilled to meet a group of misfits who quickly become a tightknit group of friends that are like family.

But Millie soon realizes that one of them is dealing with problems bigger than what notes to hit when it comes time for their performance. Can Millie help her friend, even when their problem feels too big to say out loud?


When the mustard-yellow bus appeared at the top of the hill, eleven-year-old Millie Nakakura felt her heart triple—no, quadruple—in beats per minute. It was like watching the sun rise on the horizon, signaling a...

Praise for Generation Misfits

"A heart-warming story about friendship that will have readers cheering for Millie and her friends." —Debbi Michiko Florence, author of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter

“A rhythmic, melodic story of friendship and bravery. You’ll not only root for Millie and her misfits—you’ll want to join them.” —Ashley Herring Blake, author of Stonewall Honor Book Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

"Akemi Dawn Bowman's debut middle grade novel hits all the right notes with this authentic, vulnerable, and triumphant tale of coming into your own space with courage and grace." —Jessica Kim, author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung

A sincere story about being true to oneself and others." —Kirkus


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Akemi Dawn Bowman

Akemi Dawn Bowman is a critically-acclaimed author who writes across genres. Her novels have received multiple accolades and award nominations, and her debut novel, Starfish, was a William C. Morris Award Finalist. She has a BA in social sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She overthinks everything, including this bio. Visit Akemi online at her website or on Instagram.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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