The Golden Hour
Traumatized after witnessing an instance of gun violence, Manuel returns to school feeling anxious and withdrawn, but when he’s paired with Sebastian and Caysha for a group art project, the three become fast friends. They bond over school bus rides to Sebastian’s house in the country outside of their Kansas town, where he’s raising a bucket calf for 4-H. Manuel anchors himself in moments of panic by taking pictures with his phone, and his eye for photography leads him to the county fair as well. The Golden Hour is a sweet story of smalltown friends, with gorgeous art and coloring and important messages about trauma and mental health. They’re even a hint of baby queer love. Recommended by Mary.
From the author of The Deep & Dark Blue comes a tender graphic novel, perfect for our time, that gently explores themes of self-discovery, friendship, healing from tragedy, and hope for a better tomorrow.
Struggling with anxiety after witnessing a harrowing instance of gun violence, Manuel Soto copes through photography, using his cell-phone camera to find anchors