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!


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.

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#ALERT! Svetlana Chmakova is BACK with a Brand New Middle Grade Series!

EXCITING NEW! Acclaimed author of The Berrybrook Middle School series, Svetlana Chmakova, is BACK with a brand new middle grade graphic novel series!

On the heels of the release of DIARY, the fourth book in author Svetlana Chmakova’s bestselling BERRYBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL series, we are thrilled to announce forthcoming publication of THE WEIRN BOOKS, a new middle grade graphic novel series debuting in Summer 2020. 

THE WEIRN BOOKS launches as a three-book deal reintroducing the fantastical world Chmakova created in her acclaimed NIGHTSCHOOL series, published by Yen Press, featuring a new town (which readers will already have gotten a glimpse of in the pages of DIARY) and an all-new cast of characters for younger readers. In the Night Realm, shifters, vampires, weirns, and other night things passing for human may prowl the streets, but school is still in session—and you still have to do your homework! With a touch of the supernatural, THE WEIRN BOOKS has been a passion project for the author for a number of years, and she is excited to bring this world to life in the signature style she developed in AWKWARD, BRAVE, and the rest of the BERRYBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL series. 

And lest eager fans fear they have seen the last of their beloved Berrybrook Middle School, Chmakova has signed another three-book commitment to the series, beginning with its “E” installment—the title to be unveiled at a later date—slated for publication in 2021. 

Creator Svetlana Chmakova is an internationally published, award-winning manga and comics author with more than 10 published books translated in over 13 languages. Born and raised in Russia, she moved to Canada at sixteen, where she subsequently received a Classical Animation diploma from Sheridan College. Her full-length manga and comics series include the fan-favorite romantic comedy DRAMACON, the award-winning urban fantasy NIGHTSCHOOL: THE WEIRN BOOKS, the manga adaptation of The New York Times bestselling WITCH & WIZARD by James Patterson, and the acclaimed BERRYBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL series, for which she has been nominated for two Eisner Awards. 

Are you excited?! We know we are! Let us know what you think on our social media platforms at @jyforkids!



We are soooo excited that the newest addition to The Berrybrook Middle School series is finally here! Introducing DIARY, by Svetlana Chmakova, on sales in stores everywhere NOW! Plan your months, learn how to draw, write your journals, and read brand-new short stories with this super special continuation of the beloved series.

The fourth book of the Berrybrook Middle School series, DIARY, is a very special journal including not only sticker sheets and “one sketch a day” pages but also brand new stories from the author set in the Berrybrook universe! Find out all about Peppi’s and Jaime’s project, write your own daily entries right next to Jensen’s journal pages, and take a glimpse at the new life of a familiar face who’s moved to a new town!


Are you still catching up with your favorite friends in Berrybrook? We hear you and are here to help with THE BERRYBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL BOX SET! Follow the Awkward tales of the students at Berrybrook Middle School as they Bravely face their everyday lives…even when they have a Crush! You can even write your own story in the Diary in this all-in-one box set! 

Are you excited for this next chapter of Berrybrook? Let us know what you think!

Awkward: Four year anniversary!

Can you believe July 21 marks the four year anniversary since AWKWARD debuted!? Since then, the series has continued with award-winning installments including BRAVE and CRUSH! Stay tuned for the hotly anticipated release of DIARY, coming this Fall!

CRUSH wins an EGLA!

The third installment to the Berry Brook Middle School series, CRUSH, is now the official 2019 Excellence in Graphic Novels Award winner for the Middle Grade category! For more information, read the official press release from the EGLA committee here.