Cover illustrated by Jen Bartel and designed by Cassie Gonzales
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A new middle-grade contemporary set to publish on June 29th, 2021!

Releasing as an audiobook with Listening Library

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Generation Misfits by Akemi Dawn Bowman is a heartwarming, fish-out-of-water own voices story about an eleven-year-old Japanese-American girl who finds her true friends―through the power of J-Pop!

Millie is attending a real school for the first time and dreams of finally having friends and a little bit of freedom. So when she joins an imitation band of her favorite J-Pop group, she's thrilled to meet a group of misfits who quickly become like family. But Millie realizes that one of them is dealing with problems bigger than what notes to hit when it comes time for their performance. Can Millie help her friend, even when their problem feels too big to say out loud?

Publication is set for June 29th, 2021.

content warnings
cw: child neglect, parental abuse, school bullying


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"A heart-warming story about friendship that will have readers cheering for Millie and her friends." — Debbi Michiko Florence, author of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter

“A rhythmic, melodic story of friendship and bravery. You’ll not only root for Millie and her misfits―you’ll want to join them.” ― Ashley Herring Blake, author of Stonewall Honor Book Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

"Millie Nakakura is so relatable it hurts. Readers will root for her as she finally finds connection with her misfit crew in the irresistible world of J-pop despite the sizable obstacles that stand in her way. Akemi Dawn Bowman's debut middle grade novel hits all the right notes with this authentic, vulnerable, and triumphant tale of coming into your own space with courage and grace." — Jessica Kim, author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung


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