Losing the Girl

Book 1

From the Series Life on Earth

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates are thinking the worst . . . or at least the weirdest. It couldn’t be an alien abduction, right?

None of Claudia’s classmates at Blithedale High know why she vanished—and they’re dealing with their own issues. Emily’s trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula’s hoping to step out of Emily’s shadow. Nigel just wants to meet a girl who will laugh at his jokes. And Brett hardly lets himself get close to anybody.

In Losing the Girl, the first book in the Life on Earth trilogy, Eisner-nominated cartoonist MariNaomi looks at life through the eyes of four suburban teenagers: early romance, fraying friendships, and the traces of a mysterious—maybe otherworldly—disappearance. Different chapters focus on different characters, each with a unique visual approach.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diversity
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 280
Publication Date 2018-01-01
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF010030, YAF056010, YAF058110
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 180
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author, Illustrator: MariNaomi

MariNaomi is the award-winning author and illustrator of four comic memoirs and creator of the Cartoonists of Color database. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and many cats and dogs. Visit her website at marinaomi.com.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Life on Earth

In this sci-fi-tinged YA graphic novel trilogy from acclaimed cartoonist MariNaomi, a group of teenagers struggles with early romances and fraying friendships against the backdrop of a classmate’s possible alien abduction and mysterious return. The headstrong Emily, the aloof… View available downloads →


  • Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List, Winner, 2019


Left Bank Books

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited for a sequel.”—Sarah Holt, Left Bank Books

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Bursts of sizzling yellow and magenta invade closing scenes and hint of preternatural things to come; readers will be waiting.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Publishers Weekly

“[The] creative artistic effects amplify the tension and awkward emotions, transforming a familiar story of young love into something memorable and new.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“[A] gripping, affecting graphic novel. . . . A moody, compassionate reflection of adolescence in turmoil.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“MariNaomi skillfully weaves webs of intrigue, and fans of suspenseful graphic novels will be interested in how events play out.”—School Library Journal

Hope Larson

Losing the Girl is a sparkling and complex novel with its feet on the ground and its eyes on the stars.”—Hope Larson, author of Compass South and Knife’s Edge

Jen Wang

“MariNaomi authentically captures the angst, vulnerability, and longing of the teenage soul through not just one but four unique and distinct voices.”—Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker