A BRAND-NEW HOME FOR MIDDLE GRADE GRAPHIC NOVELS!

Svetlana Chmakova’s Enemies is coming September 2022!

Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf announced Enemies, the highly anticipated latest volume of Svetlana Chmakova’s Berrybrook Middle School. Published by JY, the Yen Press kids’ imprint, Berrybrook Middle School stands out as an iconic bestseller in the world of middle grade graphic novels, made popular by its individual volumes Awkward, Brave, Crush, and Diary. Following up from her latest graphic novel The Weirn Books, Vol. 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods, Svetlana Chmakova returns to the beloved world of Berrybrook Middle School in a story told from the point of view of Felicity, a fiery member of the art club with big dreams!

Story & Artwork by Svetlana Chmakova

Felicity’s sure she’s going to do something big. Exactly what is still a mystery, but she’ll figure it out. Her sister, Letty, teases Felicity that she never finishes stuff, but that’s just because Letty is so perfect. Still, life is good with plenty of friends—drawing with the art club and playing games with her buddies keep her busy. But when she decides to join a contest to show Letty that she CAN get things done, Felicity begins to wonder if friends becoming enemies is easier than she thought. Are they really enemies, though…? What does it even mean to be enemies? And…who is it that she needs the most on her side…?

“Here is another book-shaped piece of my heart/deep love for everyone going through middle school and similar ordeals,” says creator Svetlana Chmakova. “I am so excited to finally share this story with everyone and can’t wait for Berrybrook fans to find out more about the kids roaming its dramedy-filled halls!”

“I can’t express how much I enjoy working with Svet, getting to be one of the first people to witness how she brings her unbelievably relatable characters to life,” says JuYoun Lee, the Deputy Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Yen Press, who founded JY and exclusively provided editorial guidance to Svetlana Chmakova for over a decade. “Her immense talent surprises me every time, and I hope her readers will enjoy Enemies just as much as I have.”

“The publication of a new Berrybrook volume is cause for celebration both in our offices and for fans!” says Kurt Hassler, the Publisher & Managing Director of Yen Press. “Of course, for those who just can’t bear the suspense, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Svet’s The Weirn Books, Vol. 1 to help ease the wait!”

Enemies is scheduled to release in September 2022 in trade paperback, hardcover, and digital.

Meet Kyle’s Little Sister!

We’re happy to announce our publication of Kyle’s Little Sister, a graphic novel by artist BonHyung Jeong. Light-hearted and adorably illustrated, Kyle’s Little Sister addresses themes that include sibling rivalry, learning to be okay with oneself, and mending friendships.

My name is Grace, not “Kyle’s little sister!”

Having a good-looking, friendly, outgoing older brother sucks—especially when you’re the total opposite, someone who likes staying home and playing video games. Your parents like him better (even if they deny it!), and everyone calls you “Kyle’s little sister” while looking disappointed that you’re not more like him. I was really hoping I’d get to go to a different middle school, but no such luck. At least I have my friends…until he finds a way to ruin that, too…! Argh! What do I have to do to get out of his shadow?!

Artist BonHyung
Jeong (Bon) studied Cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Kyle’s
Little Sister
is her debut graphic novel, made possible with the help of
numerous people. She hopes to make connections with others through relatable
stories. Currently living in Korea, she’s always busy playing console games—exactly
like someone in the book!

“I fell in
love with Bon’s art the moment I saw it,” says JuYoun Lee, the Deputy Publisher
& Editor-in-Chief of Yen Press who founded JY and provided editorial guidance
on Kyle’s Little Sister. “Her characters’ expressions are as honest and straightforward
as she is. This
being her first book, it was quite a journey to get here, but the raw emotions and
easy-to-miss moments she captured on the pages will be relatable to anybody who ever felt overshadowed by someone. I can’t wait to get the book in the hands of all the readers out there.”

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Kyle’s Little Sister is scheduled to release in June. Pre-order today!

Meet the Characters of The Weirn Books, Vol. 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods

On June 16, we’re releasing The Weirn Books, Vol. 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods, the first volume in a new series from Svetlana Chmakova, the creator of Awkward, Brave and Crush. Meet the characters from this debut volume, from friends and foes to weirns and werewolves!

Ailis Maeve Thornton

Ailis, a twelve-year-old weirn (a witch with a demon guardian spirit bound to them from birth), is a kind and adventurous introvert. She may not have a witty comeback right away or think fast on her feet, but she is very clever and has many useful ideas. While her parents are away, Ailis is living with her grandma above grandma’s magic store, eating every pastry she can snatch from grandma’s kitchen, and going to school every weeknight to learn important weirn subjects, like magic, spells, cryptozoology, and math. Also to train her Astral, because Astrals can be very mischievous troublemakers. Luckily, Ailis’s Astral has always been mild-mannered—she just sheds a lot and randomly digs up the ground. (And she helps herself to the pastries from Grandma’s kitchen along with Ailis.)

Na’ya Leiburne-Thornton

Na’ya is a twelve-year-old weirn and Ailis’s cousin. Clever, sharp-tongued, and always certain of who she is and what she wants, Na’ya has been fascinated by dragons since an early age and is making serious plans to become one when she grows up (or maybe even earlier). Along with Ailis, she has to go to school every weeknight and endure all the dumb in its hallways, especially the undeserved label of “loser cousins” that got stuck to her and Ailis, mostly thanks to the efforts of Na’ya’s evil ex-best friend, Patricia Chow. Na’ya lives on the outskirts of town, in an old farmhouse-turned-veterinary-clinic with her little brother and perpetually busy parents (a mystery writer and a veterinarian to night animal creatures).

D’esh Leiburne-Thornton

D’esh is a five-year-old weirn with a very outgoing personality but a very shy Astral. Friendly and excited about everything, D’esh easily gets along with everyone he meets (except for his older sister, Na’ya, with whom the fights are never ending). Every night, D’esh has to go to night care with all the other little kids, but where he really wants to go is Na’ya’s and Ailis’s school. D’esh has an unusual sensitivity to other creatures’ moods and thoughts, which can be helpful sometimes—but a problem at others.

Julia Thronton, aka Grandma

Mom to two grown kids and grandma to three, Julia (Ms. Thornton to YOU) is an eighty-year-old weirn with mysteries in her past and too much to do in the present. Between running a magic-supplies store and looking after her grandkids, she doesn’t have time for any nonsense, and she is not shy to let that be known. Tough as rusty old nails and busy as a grumpy beaver building a mile-high dam, she still somehow manages to envelop her entire family in care and provide them with a steady supply of freshly baked chocolate rolls.

Jasper Whittle

Jasper is a twelve-year-old weirn, next door neighbor/frenemy to Ailis, and sufferer of an unrequited crush on Na’ya. Kind, easygoing, and always game for an adventure, Jasper usually ends up in the thick of Ailis and Na’ya’s shenanigans and always has good ideas to help out in a crisis. Jasper’s only unpredictable trait is his Astral, who is waaaaaaay too eager to throw things and break stuff, which constantly gets Jasper in trouble. It’s a good thing every weirn kid knows the “fix-it” spell!

Patricia Chow

A twelve-year-old weirn with a cautiously guarded secret, Patricia used to be best friends with Ailis and Na’ya in elementary school. But when the schools changed, so did Patricia! With new goals and pressures in her life, she is now a completely different person, pushing the cousins away, dubbing them “loser cousins,” and never letting them forget the school’s social pecking order and their place in it. A new upgraded set of friends, a ruthless designer-fashion look that sparkles with perfection, plus fear and respect from the rest of the students—Patricia’s got it all handled… Or does she?

Russel Wiske

A fifteen-year-old shape-shifter who has a humanlike form and a wolflike form (as well as a sloppy hybrid of the two, as suits the occasion). A student at the same nightschool that Ailis and Na’ya attend, Russ also hangs out a lot at their grandma’s store and works any part-time hours he can get his paws on. His big dream right now is to save up enough cash to buy a car, modify it to travel in the Night Realm, and take a road trip with his best friend across the entire West Vashi Domain. Russ is good-natured, money focused, very strong, and can reportedly carry roughly ten thousand children out of danger all at once.

The Weirn Books, Vol. 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods is available in print and digital on 6/16/20. Pre-order today!

Weekly episodes of Zo Zo Zombie on YouTube

Our favorite zombie now has his own show on YouTube! Subscribe to Zo Zo Zombie for hilarious new episodes every week!

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Head to the Zo Zo Zombie YouTube Channel.

A Very Happy Holidays from JY-Celebrate the Season With Our DIARY Wallpapers!

A very Happy Holidays from the JY team! To celebrate this festive occasion, we are THRILLED to present our adorable new desktop and mobile wallpapers, featuring DIARY by Svetlana Chmakova!

Desktop

Enjoy the winter season everywhere you go with these festive digital downloads, and don’t forget to check out DIARY by Svetlana Chmakova, available anywhere books are sold.

Enjoying our seasonal wallpapers? Let us know in the comments or through our social media channels!