The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

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From the author of The Deep & Dark Blue comes a tender graphic novel, perfect for our time, that gently explores themes of self-discovery, friendship, healing from tragedy, and hope for a better tomorrow.

Struggling with anxiety after witnessing a harrowing instance of gun violence, Manuel Soto copes through photography, using his cell-phone camera to find anchors that keep him grounded. His days are a lonely, latchkey monotony until he's teamed with his classmates, Sebastian and Caysha, for a group project.

Sebastian lives on a grass-fed cattle farm outside of town, and Manuel finds solace in the open fields and in the antics of the newborn calf Sebastian is hand-raising. As Manuel aides his new friends in their preparations for the local county fair, he learns to open up, confronts his deepest fears, and even finds first love.

This title will be simultaneously available in paperback.

Title:The Golden Hour
ISBN:9780316540339
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    The Golden Hour Reviews

  • Niki Smith

    I can't wait to share The Golden Hour with you! ...

  • Isabella Basile

    PTSD recovery! Supportive best friends! Queer first love! Adorable baby cows! The Golden Hour is the warm hug of a graphic novel for everyone who’s ever struggled to cope....

  • Maia

    Manuel struggles with PTSD after a shooting at his school, but it happened after hours so his classmates don't know that he was the only witness. He uses photography to anchor himself during anxiety a...

  • Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)

    Where do I begin with this graphic novel? I loved almost everything about it. Following the story of Manuel, who has witnessed a tragedy at his school and uses photography to cope with it. He makes fr...

  • Ben Truong

    The Golden Hour is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Niki Smith. After witnessing a brutal attack against his art teacher, young Manuel Soto struggles to cope with the trauma and anxiety that...

  • Raven Black

    Triggers with experiencing violence event explored. A sweet look at the difficulties one boy faces with anxiety, depression and his PTSD after witnessing gun violence. Through therapy, grounding techn...

  • Tara

    A beautiful middle grade graphic novel that looks at PTSD and anxiety....

  • Katelynne

    Wonderful story and art. The way the author represented panic attacks was so spot-on and well done....

  • Vernon Area Public Library KIDS

    Manuel Soto starts off the new school year differently than most kids. One day after class, he witnessed a terrible act of gun violence done against his teacher. Manuel learns how to cope with his sev...

  • Kristen

    This was a gorgeously done graphic novel about tragedy, anxiety, and finding safe places (and people) to heal.After watching a teacher get shot by another student, Manuel is struggling with PTSD. He f...