October 2021, First Second/Macmillan, TBD pp
Beautiful watercolor illustrations bring to life this middle grade graphic novel about former youth basketball star Jordan, who was paralyzed from the waist down in an accident. She misses playing her favorite sport and being part of the team. Jordan one day discovers a mysterious, injured elephant and, sensing a connection, decides to nurse him back to health. She names the elephant Marshmallow and he helps her discover that water polo could let her pursue her athletic dreams. But the town is experiencing a worsening drought that threatens the team’s ability to play. Marshmallow knows the secret to bringing back the rain but if he tells, he might have to leave Jordan forever.