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Match Point!

A debut middle grade graphic novel about two girls and the strong friendship that blossoms through, and often despite, racquetball.

Rosie Vo is at odds with her dad. He pushes his racquetball hobby on to her to the point that she dreads ever spending time with him. Thankfully, new kid Blair moves to town and becomes fast friends with Rosie. She’s cool, a great listener, and even better, the best distraction from the tension Rosie feels at home.

Rosie’s convinced Blair is the answer to all her dad-problems. If only Blair could be the racquetball genius Rosie’s dad has always wanted! But Blair disagrees, hoping to show her that with a friend by her side, Rosie can face both her dad and racquetball.


Praise for Match Point!:

★ “Visually unique and intersectionally diverse characters populate this warmhearted jaunt, rendered in eye-catching full color and teeming with onomatopoeia depicted in bouncy, kinetic text bubbles.”―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“A heartwarming sports story showing a journey of personal growth. “―Kirkus Reviews

This story is instantly relatable to tween and teen readers trying to live up to parental expectations while establishing their own autonomy.” — School Library Journal

“It can be difficult to translate the action of a sport into just a few panels, but Gallegos does a great job making those scenes dynamic and engaging.” — Booklist

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The Author

Maddie Gallegos

Maddie Gallegos is a comic artist, illustrator, and pop music fanatic. Originally from Colorado, she moved to Savannah, Georgia to study comics at the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in Sequential Art. Her debut middle grade graphic novel, Match Point!, is published by First Second. She loves writing earnest, personable stories inspired by her love for her community of friends around the country. In her free time, she also loves discovering the newest pop princesses, skateboarding, and searching for the best restaurants in her new home base: Chicago, Illinois.

Find Maddie online at maddiegallegos.com and on Instagram at @souptheg.

Maddie is represented by Chelsea Eberly.


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