Charisma's Turn

Regular price $ 19.99

by Monique Couvson

The New Press

5/2/2023, hardcover

SKU: 9781620974018


From the award-winning author of Pushout, an inspiring graphic novel about what can happen when Black girls are given the opportunity to find their genuine power

Monique Couvson's trailblazing book Pushout laid the groundwork for understanding how our schools are failing Black girls; her follow-up, Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues, provided a blueprint for their healing and liberation. Now Couvson invites readers to be inspired by her liberatory imagination with an original narrative told from the perspective of the very girls she has been fighting for years to lift up.

Charisma's Turn is a graphic novel that follows the dynamic story of Charisma, a Black high school student who is grappling with mounting pressures from home and school. When frustrations with her family intersect with a conflict at school, she reaches a crossroads, facing a choice that could change her future. Featuring vibrantly illustrated art from Amanda Jones and a foreword by poet, artist, and arts educator Susan Arauz Barnes, this book will appeal to teens, parents, educators, librarians, and more. Charisma's Turn exemplifies how Black girls can be truly empowered to reach their full potential when they have supportive educators and community members in their corner.

Target age: 13-17


"Jones's vividly saturated art recalls Annie Lee's Black Americana style, smartly complementing the subject matter and addressed literary references. Via a sympathetic protagonist who often feels overlooked, Couvson... highlights mature ruminations on how best to support struggling teens." -- Publishers Weekly

"An inspiring story... Couvson's graphic novel is a positive and modern view on the life of a Black teenage girl who blossoms once she is listened to and supported by family, friends, and teachers." -- School Library Journal

"[Charisma's Turn] models the important ways many educators care about and uplift marginalized students who may feel overlooked and undervalued." -- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author:

Monique Couvson (formerly Monique W. Morris), president/CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color and co-founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute, is the author of several books, including Pushout; Black Stats; Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues; Cultivating Joyful Learning Spaces for Black Girls: Insights Into Interrupting School Pushout; Charisma's Turn. Her work has been featured by NPR, the New York Times, MSNBC, Essence, The Atlantic, TED, the Washington Post, Education Week, and others. She lives in New York.