From New York Times bestselling author and 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Alicia Keys comes a new authentic and poignant coming-of-age young adult graphic novel, about finding the strength within when your whole world changes in an instant.
Lolo Wright always thought she was just a regular fourteen-year-old dealing with regular family drama: her brother, James, is struggling with his studies; her dad’s business constantly teeters on the edge of trouble; and her mother . . . she left long ago. But then Lolo’s world explodes when a cop pulls a gun on James in a dangerous case of mistaken identities. Staring down the barrel, with no one else to help, Lolo discovers powers she never knew she had. Using only her mind, she literally throws the cop out of the way.
Problem is that secrets like Lolo’s don’t stay a secret for long. Skin, a dangerous dealer with designs on taking over the neighborhood, hears of Lolo’s telekinetic abilities and decides that he needs her in his crew. Skin might not have Lolo’s powers, but he’s got nothing to lose and is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants. And what he wants is Lolo.
Lolo’s not willing to let Skin use her to hurt the people—and neighborhood—that she loves. But it’s going to take a whole different kind of bravery to stand-up for what’s right, especially after Lolo’s mom returns suddenly and turns Lolo’s whole world upside-down. For too long, it’s true, Lolo’s had her head in the clouds, but this time, it’s on her . . . and she’s not backing down.
Girl on Fire is a young adult graphic novel about a girl who’s a flame. It’s the first-ever graphic novel from beloved GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Alicia Keys, co-written by Andrew Weiner and illustrated by Brittney Williams.
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About the Author
Alicia Keys is a fifteen-time Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter, and producer; an accomplished actress; a New York Times bestselling author; an entrepreneur; and a powerful force in the world of philanthropy and in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. Since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Songs in A Minor, Keys has sold over 65 million records and has become not only a musical icon but also lauded for her humanitarian work and activism. Keys currently resides in the New York City area with her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, and their children.
Brittney Williams is Los Angeles-based creative originally from South Carolina. Williams is a storyboard and comic book artist who draws A LOT. In 2012 she interned at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a storyboard artist. Since then, she's worked for a variety of animation studios and publishers including Netflix, Cartoon Network, Dreamworks TV, BOOM! Studios, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics. As a two-time GLAAD award nominee, she exists to create things for kids and the queer community.
"An action-packed tale for those thirsty for more superhero stories." — Kirkus Reviews