The Greatest Thing

A poignant, honest, and deeply engaging work.” — Kirkus Reviews

The Greatest Thing
is a young adult graphic novel released by First Second (Macmillan) on 25 January 2022 in the US; 3 May by Allen & Unwin in Australia; 12 May by Jungle in France as Ceux qu’on choisit.

Allen & Unwin has teaching resources available for free download on their website.

YALSA 2023 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Chicago Public Library best books of 2022 list
2023 Maverick reading list
2022 Epic Reads Book Shimmy Awards semifinalist

Winifred faces her sophomore year of high school with dread until she meets a pair of queer, offbeat freshmen. They teach her how to modify her clothing to feel more comfortable in her skin, using pins and patches to create a suit of armor. These new friendships and the comic zines they produce together keep Win afloat as she navigates issues of body image, disordered eating, and depression. The Greatest Thing is a fictionalized memoir about the kinds of well-meaning moments and quiet mistakes that help a person figure out not just who they are, but who they need to become.