Jade is attending an intensive art camp to develop her ceramics skills and prepare her art school application portfolio.
But the high schooler is worried beyond words that her best friend Phoebe just went into treatment for attempted suicide – how can she try to make new friends?
Jade’s technique with clay is good, but where’s the inspiration? Everyone else at Art Camp is so much better prepared…
One night, she crumples up yet another not-good-enough sketch and sets a match to it – there in the smoke her memories with Phoebe appear like a movie!
Mary tries to help Jade find inspiration in the woods, the art book library, the hardware store in the nearby tiny town, in being together…
When Jade’s ceramic angry cat comes out of the kiln and runs away, she’s not sure what’s happening!
Getting a scholarship for art college requires a strong portfolio, and Jade’s days at Art Camp are growing short.
How can Jade support her best friend when Phoebe doesn’t want to talk to anyone?
How can she and Mary have wonderful moments together while Jade is struggling?
How can the images in smoke and moving ceramic cat exist?
Pressure to succeed, to love and be loved, to respect others’ artworks – Jade doesn’t want to fail.
When have you searched for inspiration and found it?
Book info: Slip / words by Marika McCoola, art by Aatmaja Pandya. Algonquin Young Readers, 2022. [author site] [artist site] [book site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.