Fall 2022

Notes from a Sickbed

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

In 2009, Tessa Brunton experienced the first symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome). She spent much of the next eight years unwell, in a medical holding pattern, housebound and often alone. In 2017, she found a strategy that helped reduce her symptoms, and soon began creating the first installments of a graphic memoir. Notes from a Sickbed collects previously released and brand-new, unseen comics that recall her experiences with honesty, a pointed wit, and a lively visual imagination.

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978-1-7284-1948-0
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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 152
Publication Date 2022-11-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN024030, YAN012010, YAN024060
Dewey 741.5/973 [B]
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 590
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Reviews

Foreword Reviews

Notes from a Sickbed is a sympathetic, inspiring graphic memoir account of grappling with an illness.”—Foreword Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“Painfully real.” –starred, Kirkus Reviews

Lisa Hanawalt

“Tessa’s intimate, surreal, and impeccably composed diary comics invite you in and wrap around you like a warm quilt. Her work is a soothing balm for the chronic frustrations of living in a human body.” —Lisa Hanawalt, creator of Tuca & Bertie

Nicole Georges

“This book is a gorgeous and necessary addition to the canon of graphic medicine.” —Nicole Georges, author-artist, Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

Rob Kirby

“Tessa Brunton generously shares with us not only her struggle of living with a chronic, little-understood disease, but also her go-to skills for coping: a sharp wit and a rich, fabulously intricate inner life. And her drawings are gorgeous!” —Rob Kirby, author-artist, Marry Me a Little

Julia Wertz

“Being stuck at home on the couch with an endless illness should be an absolute nightmare, but somewhere between Tessa’s unruly imagination and her dark sense of humor, she’s created a surprisingly exciting, funny, and strangely uplifting world. A truly unique and wonderful book.” —Julia Wertz, author-artist, Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City

Author, Illustrator: Tessa Brunton

Tessa Brunton is an cartoonist and author based in Santa Cruz, California. Her first comic book Passage was nominated for two Ignatz Awards: Outstanding Comic and Promising New Talent. Her mini-comic Second Banana is a Best American Comics 2014 notable comic. Her comics have appeared in Bitch Magazine, Maisonneuve Magazine, The Comics Journal, and many anthologies.