On Sale Date: March 8, 2022
ISBN 9780593109366, 0593109368
Hardcover | 272 pages


Flying doesn’t always mean freedom.

Anna is a regular teenaged girl. She runs track with her best friend, gets good grades, and sometimes drinks beer at parties.

But one day at track practice, Anna falls unconscious…but instead of falling down, she falls up, defying gravity in the disturbing first symptom of a mysterious disease.

This begins a series of trips to the hospital that soon become Anna’s norm. She’s diagnosed with lepidopsy: a rare illness that causes symptoms reminiscent of moths: floating, attraction to light, a craving for sugar, and for an unlucky few, more dangerous physical manifestations.

Anna’s world is turned upside down, and as she learns to cope with her illness, she finds herself drifting further and further away from her former life. Her friends don’t seem to understand, running track is out of the question, and the other kids at the disease clinic she attends once a week are a cruel reminder that things will never be the same.

From debut author Heather Kamins comes a beautiful and evocative story about one girl’s journey of choosing who she wants to be—in a life she never planned for.

Series Overview: CHRONIC ILLNESS REPRESENTATION: The Moth Girl is an #ownvoices commentary on living with a chronic illness, and Heather pulls from her own experiences to create an authentic and riveting narrative that will speak to teens struggling with similar experiences, and help in developing empathy among the unfamiliar.

SPECULATIVE COMING OF AGE: Teen coming of age is still hot on the market, finding success in TV shows like The Wilds and movies like The Half of It.

A TALENTED VOICE TO GROW: For fans of Nina LaCour and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Heather Kamins writes with a poetic sense of beauty, urgency, and longing that will have readers poring over every word.

The Moth Girl by Heather Kamins

SKU: 9780593109366