Blog Tours, Book Review, Graphic Novel, Memoir

Blog Tour [Review] Passport by Sophia Glock

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TITLE: Passport
AUTHOR: Sophia Glock
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
November 30th, 2021
GENRES: Young Adult Graphic Novel Memoir

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Actual rating 3.5 Stars


An unforgettable graphic memoir by debut talent Sophia Glock reveals her discovery as a teenager that her parents are agents working for the CIA

Young Sophia has lived in so many different countries, she can barely keep count. Stationed now with her family in Central America because of her parents’ work, Sophia feels displaced as an American living abroad, when she has hardly spent any of her life in America.

Everything changes when she reads a letter she was never meant to see and uncovers her parents’ secret. They are not who they say they are. They are working for the CIA. As Sophia tries to make sense of this news, and the web of lies surrounding her, she begins to question everything. The impact that this has on Sophia’s emerging sense of self and understanding of the world makes for a page-turning exploration of lies and double lives.

In the hands of this extraordinary graphic storyteller, this astonishing true story bursts to life.


Passport was a good read but felt a bit rushed. I initially had some difficulty rating it because it was a memoir. While I enjoyed reading about Sophia’s journey to feeling like she belonged, towards the end, I felt there was a gap that made the ending a bit choppy. Passport follows Sophia, a young girl who was born American but has never really lived there or any country long enough to call home because of the nature of her parent’s career. Sophia is often kept in the dark of what that secret is but as she gets older and questions more, eventually gets more insight form her parents.

Passport is a quick read and a pretty good coming of age story. I really enjoyed how the author depicted a turbulent teenage life. She showed Sophia [herself] trying to fit in while still trying to maintain the good daughter her parents want her to be. As she gets older, she craves more for that independence and acceptance. Sophia’s somewhat strained relationship with her sister was something I wish had a bit more backstory for. My assumption was that the sister knew about her parents and wanted to leave out of that lifestyle the minute she had the chance. I was happy to see that their relationship was growing a bit once her sister came to visit. Sophia as a character was okay. She was a teenager navigating a place still very foreign to her even though she’d lived there for years but managed to still create some friendships and have an average high school experience.

Overall, if you are a fan of Persepolis or enjoy a memoir that is a quick read, you will enjoy this memoir. It was a quick, light but enjoyable read with a unique color scheme that worked well with the tone of the story.

About The Author

Sophia Glock is a cartoonist who lives in Austin, TX. Her graphic memoir,Passport, is on sale 11/2/2021 from Little Brown Young Readers. It is available for pre-order here.

Sophia’s comics and cartoons have been published in The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Narratively, MUTHA Magazine, and Time Out New York. Her work has also been featured in various anthologies including, Ink BrickSuspect Device, Quarter Moon, DIGESTATE, Rabid Rabbit, and Kilgore Quarterly. Her collection of comics Born, Not Raised was selected to be included in The Society of Illustrators Cartoon and Comics Art Annual 2016 and her short comic The Secrets in My Mother’s Nightstand was shortlisted for The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year in 2016.

In 2008 she was a recipient of a Xeric Foundation Grant for her comic, The Deformitory. She is also the author of The Lettuce Girl, SemiSolid, Over Ripe and Passport: Fig. You can pick up her mini comics at indie-friendly stores across the country, or from Bird Cage Bottom Books.

Author Links: Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook | Tumblr

Blog Tours, Book Review, Children's Non-Fiction, Young Readers

Blog Tour [Review]: I Am The Shark

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Title: I Am the Shark
Written By: Joan Holub, Illustrated by: Laurie Keller
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 4, 2021

Happy Book release day to I Am The Shark!!

Where to buy: Penguin Random house

Rating: 5 stars

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What makes the great white shark (one of) the greatest fish in the sea? FIN-d out in this hilarious fish-out-of-water story that’s perfect for Shark Week and all year-round!

Hi! I am Great White Shark, and if you get this book, you’ll read all about ME–the greatest shark in the sea!

Not so fast! Greenland Shark here, and as the oldest shark in this book, that makes me the greatest.

Did someone say fast? I’m Mako Shark, and I’m the fastest shark in this book! Eat my bubbles!

Wow, I’m Hammerhead Shark. You don’t need my special eyes to see that there are lots of great sharks in this book. Sink your teeth into it now!

New York Times bestselling author Joan Holub makes a splash with bestselling illustrator Laurie Keller to deliver an entertaining undersea story filled with the greatest shark facts in the ocean!


I Am The Shark is a children’s book that does two things: Teaches you more about sharks while delivering a powerful message – you should love yourself for who you are. We see this through the eyes of the Great White shark as they try to figure out why they are considered great. In the end, they learn so much through their journey.

Okay, I love this book! From the colorful illustrations to the shark facts, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this to my nephew. I also learn a bit more about the anatomy of a Great White Shark along with learning about sharks I have never heard of before. I Am The Shark is both educational and inspiring. While the Great White shark goes from being the biggest to just appreciating who they are, it also sends a message to young children that you don’t have to be the best of something, because being you is unique and great. Each shark introduced into the story showcases a unique quality bout themselves, something that makes them great. Without spoiling, the Great White Shark events figures out what makes hem great and cool and is content with it.

Although my nephew is younger than the book’s intended audience, he did enjoy pointing to each sharking and looking towards me with curiosity as I mentioned each shark’s name. I take that a win and a nephew approved book read!

I would recommend this book to any child learning more about animals, especially children interested in sea life.

About the Author

Joan Holub is the New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of more than 140 children’s books, including Breakout at the Bug Lab, Who Was Babe Ruth?, and the Goddess Girls series. Prior to publishing her first title in 1992, she was an associate art director at Scholastic.

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ONE (1) physical copy of I Am The Shark by Joan Holub! This giveaway will be open from May 3rd to May 9th, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST. This giveaway is open to US entrants only. To enter, click the link below!