Tapping Into Identity With Graphic Novel “Shiny Misfits”

The book, which is for middle grade readers, was written by comedian and disability activist Maysoon Zayid and illustrated by Shadia Amin.

Tapping Into Identity With Graphic Novel “Shiny Misfits”
Maysoon Zayid describes Bay Ann, the star of the graphic novel, as "the ultimate misfit."

“Shiny Misfits” is an upcoming graphic novel about fame, friendship and fighting to take back the narrative of your own story. The book, which is for middle grade readers, was written by comedian and disability activist Maysoon Zayid and illustrated by Shadia Amin.

The story follows Bay Ann, a young tap dancer who goes viral when she wobbles at the end of her Halloween performance — not because of her talent, but because it’s “an inspirational moment” when her crush, Alyee Maq, catches her mid-fall. Bay Ann is upset that the world sees her for her cerebral palsy, not her talent.

Get to know the cast of "Shiny Misfits" on the graphic novel's website.

Kirkus has described “Shiny Misfits” as “comical, nuanced and visually engaging.”

Read more about “Shiny Misfits” from the publisher, Scholastic:

Bay Ann wants to shine.
She's sure her moment in the spotlight has arrived when she wins the school talent show with a showstopping tap routine! But then her classmate and crush, Alyee Maq, causes her to wobble and almost fall. The video of him catching her goes viral, making Alyee an overnight sensation for "helping her." Bay Ann is reduced to her disability and her talent is ignored.
Bay Ann doesn't want her classmate to get all the fame, and she is NOT satisfied being anything but the best. She'll do everything in her power to beat Alyee at his own attention-seeking game. With the help of her two best friends, Michelle and Davey Matt, she'll go up against Alyee and his crew to prove she's number one.
But as Bay Ann tries to find the thing that really makes her stand out, everything she tries goes disastrously wrong. What if the only way to beat her enemy … is to join him?
This is a hilarious and one-of-a-kind graphic novel about fame, friendship and fighting to take back your own story.

Maysoon Zayid is a comedian, actress, writer and disability advocate. Zayid is the co-founder and co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. As a professional comedian, Zayid has sold out top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Together Live Tour. Zayid has also appeared alongside Adam Sandler in “You Don't Mess With the Zohan” (2008) and has written for Glamour magazine. And she is the author of the best-selling memoir “Find Another Dream.” To learn more, visit her website.

Shadia Amin is a Colombian cartoonist and illustrator based in Savannah, Georgia. Her art aims to capture the fun of superheroes, fantasy and life itself. Her works include “Spider-Ham,” Oni Press and Lion Forge's “Aggretsuko” and “Olive & Popeye.” She has also contributed to anthologies like “Alloy: Electrum” and “Votes for Women: The Battle for the 19th Amendment.” Amin is also a teacher, and when she is not working, she can be found cooking, playing video games or spending time with her husband, dog and cat. Find her online at her website.

“Shiny Misfits” will publish April 16, 2024. Preorder your copy at the link below.

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