From Archie to Zack (Hardcover)
An unapologetic celebration of friendship and first crushes
“Archie loves Zack!”
“Zack loves Archie!”
Everyone said it was so.
But Archie hasn’t told Zack yet. And Zack hasn’t told Archie. They spend just about every minute together: walking to and from school, doing science and art projects, practicing for marching band, learning to ride bikes, and so much more.
Over the course of a few months, Archie tries to write a letter to Zack to tell him how he feels: “From A to Z.” None of his drafts sound quite right, so he hides them all away. One by one, Archie’s friends (Zelda, Zinnia, and Zuzella) find the letters . . . but they know exactly whom they’re meant for.
This new picture book from Vincent X. Kirsch celebrates young, queer love in a whimsical, kid-friendly way.
About the Author
Vincent X. Kirsch is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including Natalie & Naughtily, as well as the illustrator of other titles, including Noah Webster and His Words. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.
"A pure and perfect capture of first love, joyful and painful in the worries and doubt; the love on the page is so vivid it raises goosebumps of veracity and provides parents with a model to share with any child in the throes of a lasting crush."
— School Library Journal
"This is a gentle, catchy, quick read that is sure to put a smile on the listener’s face and a request for another read-through."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[A] heartwarming, sweet-spirited story of friendship and more."
Strong character development with a plot etched in mystery elements, thrillers and family relationships, this one will keep you up at night frantically turning pages. Period details from the 1940's and set in the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness prior to the discovery of oil, this creepy tale is about sisters, family, love and sacrifice and through it all, the harsh realities of nature. Be warned -- you will be "talking" with one of the characters trying to steer her one way. - Maureen