☆ A heartachingly enjoyable tale of resilience.”

–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with the new baby they’re expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She’s severely allergic to anything with fur!

Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet? With illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter, Megan Wagner Lloyd draws on her own experiences with allergies to tell a heartfelt story of family, friendship, and finding a place to belong.


“There’s a lot packed into this graphic novel beyond the allergy story line: how family dynamics change with a new baby’s arrival, how kids struggle to fit in and find friends. But while it addresses serious issues and emotions, Allergic, unlike hives and sneezing, is mostly madcap fun.”
— The New York Times

Allergic is the sweetest story you’ll read all year. A touching chronicle of a young girl’s severe allergies woven into a meaningful journey of friendship, family, and self-discovery.
— Terri Libenson, New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Emmie

 “A heartachingly enjoyable tale of resilience.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Readers will root for this realistic and relatable fifth grader, who’s capable of kindness as well as envy and self-doubt… readers will easily identify with her trials and accomplishments.”
— School Library Journal

“Vibrant… easy to recommend.”
— Booklist

“Warm and well-paced… an encouraging tale for young readers engaging with the world of pets, family, and friendships.”
— Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Allergic Audiobook:

★ “A first-rate full-cast audio treatment… Thanks to expertly mixed recording effects and a bouncy music score, the production sounds like a radio drama: overlapping voices, yipping dogs, and multitude of noises.”
— Booklist, starred review

Awards, Lists, and Such

Eisner nominee

Instant National Indie Bestseller

School Library Journal Best Graphic Novel of the Year

American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Children

New York Public Library Best Book for Kids

American Library Association Notable Children’s Recording

2023 Nēnē Award Graphic Novel Winner

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