Maverick Summer Reading Challenge!

We’re kicking off this summer with a splash! Maverick’s first-ever Summer Reading Challenge is here! For every week between July 14th and August 25th, we’ll be reading a different graphic novel from the Maverick imprint, starting with Needle & Thread, and wrapping up with the release of our newest original graphic novel, In The Shadow of the Throne.

At the end of each week, we’ll be checking in on your progress and adding to the fun with activities such as designing your own cosplay, baking cookies, making origami swords, and more! Looking to get a head start? You can download our official reading journals here.

Check out the full lineup below!

The challenge kicks off on July 14th, starting with our first-ever Maverick Title, Needle & Thread, by David Pinckney & Ennun Ana Iurov!

Writer: David Pinckney – Artist: Ennun Ana Iurov – Letterer: Micah Myers

Synopsis: Choosing between living the life you want and living the life you’re “supposed to have” is not always an easy choice. Noah, embracing his true-self, wants to pursue a career in costume design, something his loving, public service parents would never approve of. Azarie, the perfect, model daughter of a very stern, traditional family, dreams of embracing the hobbies she secretly loves, hobbies her social circle would never abide by. The two live different lives and their social statuses keep them from ever crossing paths until they have a chance encounter that exposes some common ground: the desire to be who they truly are. Together, the two set out to put it all on the line and show everyone what they’re made of and what they want to achieve in the form of cosplay. Their growing friendship will be tested and their faith in themselves, as well as each other, will be tried.

On July 21st, the challenge continues with our spooky, Nightmare in Savannah, by Lela Gwenn and Rowan MacColl!

Nightmare In Savannah

Writer: Lela Gwenn – Artist: Rowan MacColl – Letterer: Micah Myers

Synopsis: High school student Alexa Bowman moved to Savannah, Georgia to get away from her old life. Too bad her past is a Google search away and her family’s criminal past quickly made her an outcast. From tormenting cheerleaders to dreamy football players, Alexa can’t keep up, especially when Fae, Skye, and Chloe take her into their group of outsiders. But after a night in the woods, a power has awakened within them, a power that’s equal parts magical and terrifying. But there are no coincidences in Savannah, and once they find out how to control their powers the town is in for a rude awakening.

On July 28th, we’re kicking things up a notch with our action-packed soccer graphic novel, World Class, by Jay Sandlin and Patrick Mulholland!

Writer: Jay Sandlin – Artist: Patrick Mulholland – Colorist: Rebecca Nalty – Letterer: Justin Birch

Synopsis: Football is a religion where Adrian “The Colombian Cannon” Molina comes from and with his wicked right leg, he has a clear shot to the promised land of the European Junior Leagues. But when a football scout offers him a full scholarship to an elite prep school in London, the news seems too good to be true. His enrollment hits a snag upon meeting the team’s star striker, Titan Evans. Titan is everything Adrian is not; rich, powerful, connected, and with a hunger to dominate the school as well as the pitch. The constant fighting, teasing, and bullying, brings about crippling anxiety of losing his spot on the team. That’s until Luciano DeSilva takes him under his wing, and gives Adrian the confidence to be himself and value his position on the team.

On August 4th, we’re taking it back to the summer of 1999 with Good Game, Well Played, by Rachael Smith and Kath Lobo!

Writer: Rachael Smith – Artist: Katherine Lobo – Letterer: Justin Birch

Synopsis: It’s 2009, and Sienna is really not looking forward to flying back into her hometown to say goodbye to one of the people she called family. Though that feels like a lifetime ago. It’s 1999. And Sienna is looking forward to what is shaping up to be the perfect summer in her perfect life. She has a job working in the local video game store, Game Champ, with her four best friends, and that was how it was going to be forever… Until Jason Silver, the money-hungry landlord threatens to shut the store down. The kids must work together to save it, but with Art’s huge crush on Sienna, Jo’s crippling self-doubt, Sid’s obsession with his band, and Hope’s mysterious living situation getting in the way…how likely are they to succeed?

After a quick break for vacation, we’ll be wrapping up our summer reading challenge on August 25th, with the release of our newest original graphic novel, In The Shadow of the Throne, by Kate Sheridan and Gaia Cardinali!

Writer: Kate Sheridan – Artist: Gaia Cardinali – Letterer: Micah Myers

Synopsis: When his younger siblings and parents begin to irritate him on vacation, Jordan tries to get some space. But instead of wandering around the museum, he finds himself dropped in a fantasy world of magic where he can finally have some fun and train to become a knight… But Prince Astel and Sir Griffith are about to uncover a sinister secret kept hidden by the queen that’ll thrust Jordan in the middle of a magical battle he could never have anticipated.

Ready to get that summer reading started?

Make sure to follow us on our socials to keep up with the latest Maverick news–and don’t forget to post your progress with the hashtag #MaverickSummerReads!


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