MFAW-VT faculty member Sherri Smith‘s Pearl, a YA graphic novel, will be published by Scholastic in 2018.

Publisher’s Weekly notes that Cassandra Pelham at Scholastic’s Grphix imprint, “nabbed world rights” to Pearl.  Illustrated by Christine Norrie, the book, set in 1941, follows a 13-year-old Japanese-American girl visiting family in Japan when Pearl Harbor is attacked. Kirby Kim at Janklow & Nesbit, who represented Smith, said that after the attack the young heroine is “enlisted as a ‘monitor girl’ to translate radio transmissions for the Japanese army, and must learn how to adjust to her new life in a foreign, war-torn land.”

Scholastic to Publish Sherri L. Smith’s Pearl, a YA Graphic Novel
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