Lost in the Middle is a graphic novel that follows 8th grader Kai as he and his best friend Elle create videos for the social network, “4Reel” to help younger kids transition to Fourth Ave Middle school. It starts with easy stuff, like how to open a jammed locker, but quickly gets to the harder stuff, like how to open up to a friend about death. Each character leans on their own coping mechanisms as they struggle with different kinds of loss—but in the end, they learn to lean on each other. Their message to all of us—you are not alone.
The New York Life Foundation just released this YA graphic novel, “Lost in the Middle.” The goal of the interactive comic is to help middle-school students and their families discover the importance of collective healing in the face of loss and grief.
You can learn more, watch an introductory video, and download the book in English and Spanish for free here: www.lostinthemiddle.org