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Adrian and the Tree of Secrets


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Hubert: Hubert was born in 1971 in Finistere, France. He has written numerous graphic novels and comic series in French, including one translated into English: Miss Don't Touch Me, Vols. 1 and 2, a graphic novel series set in Paris in the 1930s.
Marie Caillou: Marie Caillou was born in 1971 in Montbeliard, France. In 2010 she illustrated her first graphic novel with Hubert, La Chair de l'Araignee (Spider's Flesh), then in 2012, she wrote and illustrated Les Monsters de Mayuko (Mayuko's Monsters). This is her first book to appear in English.


"Visually beautiful, and using both dialogue and captivating images, Adrian and the Tree of Secrets lets Adrian's story unfold panel after panel ... This graphic novel is a sensitive reminder that there are still plenty of [gay teens like] Adrian's out there, and despite great leaps forward, isolation and harassment remain a reality for many LGBT youth around the world." LGBT Teens

"Rendered in crisp lines filled in with shades of blue, green, brown, and salmon, Marie Caillou's graphics astutely emphasize Hubert's affecting narrative about life beyond black and white." --BookDragon "Author and artist expertly balance naivete and worldliness, from both Jeremy and Adrian, allowing readers to empathize with both. The ambiguous ending could serve as a conversation starter that gets teens talking about society's and religion's rules and how challenging it can be as individuals to carve one's own path." --Shelf Awareness "Writer Hubert and illustrator Marie Caillou explore the emotional fraught world of gay adolescence in this beautifully rendered graphic novel." --Lambda Literary "In the spirit of Alison Bechdel and other comic artists opting for realism over fantasy as their storytelling methods, a new graphic novel depicts the difficulties of growing up as a closeted gay man ... Adrian's adventures are imbued with thoughtful discussions of art and literature, and are made touchingly relatable by illustrator Marie Caillou." --Huffington Post

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