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A Super Rush Job

It’s rare that a Hope Larson project gets by under the radar, and it should be doubly rare that Larson working on a high-profile project like a Madeleine L’Engle story would escape anybody’s notice. But damn if it pretty much didn’t happen.

Intergalactic P.S. 3, out today! Words by @MadeleineLEngle, pictures by me!

For those not familiar (and an hour ago, I counted myself in your ranks), Intergalactic PS 3 was a short story that L’Engle wrote in 1970, and adjunct to 1960’s A Wrinkle In Time and its sequels (A Wind In The Door in 1973, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet in 1978; I never much got into the later 80s entries, or the second-generation stories featuring Meg & Calvin’s kids). It’s presented here as a chapter book rather than a full-bore graphic novel, and covers many of the same themes as the yet-to-be-written A Wind In The Door.

Regardless of provenance, it’s new L’Engle for almost everybody, illustrated by Larson, and having it drop by surprise just means I wasn’t fretting with anticipation for months on end. For those wondering what it’s about:

Charles Wallace Murry is old enough to start school, but his sister, Meg, and their friend Calvin know he isn’t cut out for school on Earth — Meg worries that he’ll be more misunderstood than ever. Luckily, with the help of the three celestial creatures Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which, there is another place where Charles Wallace can get his education: Intergalactic P.S. 3, a public school in a completely different galaxy. The three children travel through time and space to reach the school, but for them all to make it home safely, Meg must undergo a test that will challenge her inner strength, her perspective, and her ability to protect the ones she loves.

And for those who can’t make it to a bookstore today, publisher Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux has an excerpt at the book’s info page.

Spam of the day:

Courses for Medical Billing and Coding

Medical billing is the job that Davan and Kharisma had in first-half Something*Positive, and it made them miserable, hateful people. Hard pass.

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