by Brenna Thummler


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"For days after reading Brenna Thummler's Sheets
I have been wandering my neighborhood, haunted, enchanted, and in need of freshly pressed clothing." -Lemony

Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A
practical thirteen-year-old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she's worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

When their worlds collide,
Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt's
Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day.
While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.

Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.

"Brenna Thummler's first original graphic novel is a reason to celebrate. She announced herself as an artist to reckon with when she illustrated Mariah Marsden's adaptation of Anne of Green
Gables. Now she's illustrated her own story of ghosts and family, loneliness and laundromats. I'm sure you'll be captivated, and as eager as I am to see what comes next!"-Brian Selznick, author of Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret

"Sweet, sad, funny, warm, and beautiful. If I can be forgiven for using this word, this is one that will haunt me, in the best way."-Dana Simpson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941302675
Publisher: Lion Forge
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 33,746
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Sheets 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I requested that my library buy this when I first heard about it a long time ago. It took FOREVER for us to get some copies, but I'm so glad I requested it! I really enjoyed this one and I hope others will check this one out as well. Wendell is a ghost. He does not like his life in the ghost world so he decides to just go. Marjorie has taken over her mother's laundry business after her death. When something bring Marjorie and Wendell together, they find that in order for things to go right, they have to work together. The number one thing I loved about this was the art. The colors worked so well together and they were BEAUTIFUL! And just the sketches themselves were beautiful. I think the little ghost was my favorite part. Wendell was super cute and even though I was frustrated with him for a large portion of the book, I still found that he could be ok lol As for the characters, like I said Wendell had his moments. But I really loved Marjorie. She was just trying to make it and help her family make it. She was really just doing the best she could. I felt for her so much. Especially the situation with her dad. Death for anyone is hard, so her as a child, running a business, and being a stand-in parent for her sibling, going to school, being bullied, AND mourning in her own way was sad. I loved watching her tangle with the God awful person as well as juggling all these other things. She was super strong and here I am 30 wishing I could be as strong as her. The only thing I didn't care for about this one was the plot. There were times where I thought it was dragging and there were times in the middle that felt a bit repetitive. It was like the art was different but the words were the same. And then at the end I didn't care for the way it ended. I was hoping the person she asked about made an appearance, but they didn't. Hopefully there's another one and they bring them back then. This was so much more than I was expecting. I don't normally read MG or graphic novels, but this one was a good choice. I hope someone else will pick up this one because of me and hopefully we can convince Thummler to give us more Marjorie and Wendell action!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book grabbed my attention as I was cleaning my graphic novel section of the library, so I picked it up. As I started to read it, I thought this novel had potential but as I read it, I started to wonder what exactly was happening. There are three stories that are intermingled together somehow in this graphic novel. There is the main story of Marjorie whose mother has died and whose father is now depressed. Marjorie is running her mother’s laundromat to keep the family floating, taking care of her younger brother Owen and trying to juggle school. A Mr. Saubertuck wants to buy the laundromat and convert it a different business but Marjorie is devoted to keeping her mother’s business alive. Wendell arrives one day but Marjorie treats him like dirt and calls him stupid, afterall he is a ghost and ghosts aren’t real. Wendell tries to help Marjorie, even after the way that she treats him which creates some drama. I thought this was a terrific set up: a friendly ghost meets a human who needs help in a variety of ways. Only, as I was reading, I was getting baffled for the stories weren’t flowing that well for me. I thought at times, they seemed choppy. One of the other stories dealt with Marjorie at school. I had mixed feeling about this story as Marjorie is amongst her peers. The other story is about the ghost and his life since crossing over. These are important parts of the story but definitely take up less space in the novel. I did enjoy the details in the illustrations, the variety of characters, and the overall storyline. I loved how Marjorie was committed to her mother’s business even after her mother’s passing. Seeing Marjorie in the illustrations and reading about her, I felt that a person had to have some emotional feelings towards her as they read, she was going through so much.
Shai Martin More than 1 year ago
The story of Marjorie Glatt and Wendell in this graphic novel is quite entertaining to read. While reading this, Wendell reminds me of the famous Casper not only because they are both young ghosts but also for their personality and the way they try to help as much as they can. However, I was torn on the rating between 4 and 5 stars; I am hoping that there would be a second volume because I like how there was a panel that shows that Marjorie and Wendell might have met already when he was still alive. The story of grief, loneliness, depression, moving on and remembering our departed loved ones were all tackled in this fast-paced story. The colorful illustrations are also highly appealing that makes the story charming and delightful to read. A must-read if you are looking for something that is a light-read yet still captivating.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
SHEETS is a sad, but powerful middle grades graphic novel about loss, perseverance, forgiveness and unlikely friendships. Marjorie, a thirteen year old girl, who feels invisible to the world. When her mother died, her father shut himself down emotionally. Marjorie is not running the family laundry and taking care of her little brother. She loves books and the piano. She is awkward and has not friends. A tough life trying to get through middle school. Throw in a ruthless business man harassing her, and I do not understand how she makes it through the day. And then there is Wendell. He is the ghost of a little boy, who has the habit of exaggerating. He is a cute little ghost who wears a sheet. When Wendell gets kicked out of his house and needs a place to stay, he ends up in the human world, living in the laundry. There are all kinds of problems with this, but when push comes to shove, Wendell and Marjorie team up to save the laundry. This book is a graphic novel that deals with some deep issues: death of family and friends and the depression of the child forced into taking care of her family, as well as the bullying. Having said that, it is also about second chances and finding friends in the most unlikely places. The illustrations are wonderful. They are colourful, yet muted in pastel shades that add to the despair that Marjorie is feeling. The faces show so much expression, it is easy to see how the characters are feeling. This is a clever story that I believe middle school students would enjoy and perhaps some may identify with these outcast characters. With Halloween around the corner, this is a different type of ghost story. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
MugsyMae More than 1 year ago
Sheets is an interesting, very well done graphic novel. The characters are sad yet loveable. I really enjoyed Marj and her guts to keep going, and I appreciated Wendell trying to fit in. The story goes from tragic to uplifting and accepting. Love it.
sspea More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is short, and there is not a ton of dialogue, but man does it pack a punch. The beautiful illustrations, paired with the muted colors set the tone for the story perfectly. Within the first few pages you heart breaks for poor little Marjorie. Marjorie struggles with fitting in, the responsibility of taking care of her little brother, as well as the burden of trying to keep her family business afloat. 11 year old Wendall is a ghost under a sheet, who is too scared to take a bath since his drowning. He too struggles with fitting in. This is a story about loss and grief. About the process one goes through when they lose a loved one, as well as a seldom seen take on the process one goes through when they pass on.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review **Thanks again to NetGalley for this digital edition lent to my tablet** I try to pick up graphic novels I think my 9 yr old will enjoy. He's all about the Smile books, doesn't even phase him that the main characters are all girls. He just loves those heartfelt stories. Yeah, Ivan! He likes that we can share a book. And we both loved this one! The main character is reeling from the loss of her mother. She is trying to keep the family business going, and keep her family together all while being a middle school student. She is running a laundry. And then guess what? Yeah, ghosts...seriously great story about loss and adversity. You just have to read this one! Plus the graphics were amazing, the colors are few but they just pop!
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
Marjorie is in charge of her family’s business, a laundromat. She struggles because she had to take over their business when her mother passed away. She doesn’t have friends at school. It gets worse when Mr. Saubertuck starts sabotaging her business so that he can build a resort on their property. I found this story so sad. It was sad that Marjorie’s mother passed away, and her father didn’t really do anything after because he was so depressed. Marjorie didn’t have time to explore her feelings because she had to look after the family. Wendell and the land of ghosts were also sad. Wendell is starting to forget his former life. The ghosts have a whole world, where they float around in sheets. The idea of the land of ghosts in sheets was funny sometimes. They had support groups and jobs. But it was still sad to think that all of those people had died and they were beginning to forget their former lives. This was an emotional story with a positive ending about the power of friendship and forgiveness. I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.
SchizanthusNerd More than 1 year ago
I was bowled over by Brenna Thummler’s illustrations in Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel so when I heard she had written her own graphic novel I was all in. I simply adore Brenna’s ability to capture an image and present it in a way that I want her to draw the entire world for me. Seriously, I can’t get enough. Her use of colour is absolutely gorgeous and she’s able to evoke the emotion of a scene through colour as well as the images. I enjoy finding Easter eggs so I loved that Anne of Green Gables is in view a couple of times in Marjorie’s school library. As soon as Sheets downloaded on my iPad I devoured it. That was months ago and I never got around to telling anyone how amazing it was… until now. This graphic novel is amazing!!! I’ve just read it for a second time and I’m still in love with the artwork. I felt there was something missing in the story that I couldn’t put my finger on during my first read but I didn’t feel that way during my reread. Marjorie’s mother died last spring and since then her father has been essentially MIA, holed up in his bedroom most of the time. Marjorie (at 13!) has been left to singlehandedly run the family laundromat business, do the household chores, look after her father and younger brother, and attend school. Any combination of these would be a monumental ask and that’s before you take into consideration that she’s grieving her mother and feels completely alone. The family business is in danger of closing, with some help from Mr Saubertuck, who is the dastardly villain of the story. Wendell is also lonely. He died a year ago and doesn’t fit in with the other ghosts. Wendell discovers the laundromat and accidentally makes life more difficult for Marjorie, but perhaps there’s a way for these two lonely kids to help each other. During my first read I had trouble getting past the fact that 13 year old Marjorie is effectively running the family business by herself because her father’s grief has made him withdraw from his life. I couldn’t believe that the customers could be so mean to a kid who shouldn’t have been doing all of that work in the first place and that no one who was alive stepped up to help her or her family. During my second read I focused more on the friendship between Marjorie and Wendell. It’s such a sad story, dealing with the pain of grief and feeling all alone in the world. However it also touches on forgiveness and perseverance, and is ultimately hopeful. I’m really keen to see what Brenna comes up with next. I don’t care what the story is; I just want to see more of her beautiful illustrations. Thank you very much to NetGalley, Lion Forge and Diamond Book Distributors for the opportunity to read this graphic novel. I’d give this 4.5 stars but am rounding up.
Giovana_blog_Dei_um_Jeito More than 1 year ago
Sheets shows a situation that hurts but it's real, there are infants with adult obligations, victims of bullying, those who doesn't feel safe to open up, but still many can fight (thanks goodness!) Heart eyes on the style of the illustrations, the characters' faces look like the animation that went on TV during my childhood, and something reminds me of Charlie & Lola. Sheets had my heart at first page, because I love how pleasant pink and blue are together, the landscapes are so beautiful! Many of them could be a wallpaper on your cell phone, or just a big frame in the wall, Wendell's world is less colorful, but the details are so cute Sheets is a melancholy graphic novel that deals with harsh themes but with the most incredible colors I have ever seen in sequential art.
Disturbia0509 More than 1 year ago
This caught my eye on Netgalley and it was a Read Now. I decided to give it a chance. I'm just now stepping into the graphic novel world. That being said, this graphic novel was so beautiful. The illustration is just stunning, page after page. I thought the color palette was so calming too. I did think that story did take some time for me to really get into the story. It wasn't until 3/4 of the way that it really picks up. I didn't expect this to be so heartbreaking! Of course, it ends up nicely but it did take me on a bit of an emotional ride. Overall, this was a really cute graphic novel. I think the illustration was more of a hit than the actual story. It just took a little longer for the pace to pick up. #Sheets #NetGalley You can see my review here: Books Are The New Black
Horsebranchjess More than 1 year ago
Sheets tells the story of Marjorie Glatt, a teenager who is very lonely and sad. She runs her family's laundry business while dealing with the grief of losing her mother and caring for her depressed father and her little brother. Her business starts falling apart due to sabotage by Mr. Saubertuck,who wants to use the building for his own business. Most of her customers are angry, rude, and unforgiving but she refuses to give in. Then Wendell happens. Wendell is a ghost who cannot seem to get used to being a ghost and sneaks back to the human world. He uses the laundry as his own personable getaway and causes Marjorie all kinds of trouble. The two lonely souls forge an unlikely friendship and Wendell helps Marjorie to deal with Saubertuck. The story is both sad and hopeful as Marjorie and Wendell struggle and then find their place in their respective worlds. Marjorie's story tugs on the heart strings and keeps the pages turning. The art successfully expresses the story and the gamut of emotions found within for a good read. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
SL22268 More than 1 year ago
Cute graphic novel! My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and comparing notes. She really enjoys reading graphic novels, so I let her in on this one too :)
357800 More than 1 year ago
SOLD! The ghostly book cover.....AND inside front and back covers....AND soft colored illustrations are just wonderful! The memories are bittersweet.....the laundry never-ending.....or is it? Poor much to do. Trying to survive middle school with no friends and run the family laundry with no help while dad mourns is such a heavy burden to bear; and that coupled with an evil minded villain and mischievous young ghost bring anguish to Marjorie's face in many of the meaningful illustrations. SHEETS is a sad, but powerful little middle grade graphic novel about loss, perseverance, forgiveness and new unlikely one fine debut for Brenna Thummler.
AlinaBee More than 1 year ago
This was magical!. I love reading graphic novels and finding little niche ones are even better. Sheets is an adorable story about one living girl who's family runs and Laundromat and one non-living boy, who haunts the laundromat and wears a sheet. Their story together is simple, yet touching and gripping. The dialogue runs with the story and isn't too overwhelming. The pastel like color palette for the illustrations is a great touch and truly sets the vibe to this story. A fast read that ends all too soon.
csmmom More than 1 year ago
This was a very sweet story about loss and friendship. The illustrations were beautifully colored and the details were excellent. Although the story line was a bit lacking in some areas, the novel as a whole made a point and made it clearly.
Persephonereads More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this in advance! This book was so good! I loved the art and the story so very much. Marjorie is a girl that feels invisible She just feels as if she will never belong in this world.. She spends most of her time running her family's failing laundromat as her Father is just too depressed to do anything except lay in bed overcome with depression from the loss of Marjorie's Mother. She also loves to lose herself in books. There is someone in Marjorie's life who happens to also be a ghost named Wendell. Suddenly Marjorie isn't all alone and she has someone to help her save her laundromat. This is a beautiful story of grief, loss, loneliness and strength.. It shows that nothing is impossible with hard work. I loved Wendell and .Marjorie and I am sure you will as well. This is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4/5 Very cute! It was nice and adorable, but a little light on plot for my tastes. That might just be to due to how accustomed I am to novel-length plots. The illustrations were very cool and set the tone well. I like how there were duel color schemes that matched up with alternate POVs. My only regret is that it wasn't longer!
diane92345 More than 1 year ago
Sheets is a heartwarming graphic novel about the unusual friendship between a grieving girl and a lonely ghost boy. Marjorie’s mother is dead and her father is so depressed that he barely leaves his bedroom to eat. The family’s laundry is run before and after school by Marjorie. The mysterious Nigel is trying to convince Marjorie to give up the laundry’s lease so he can open a yoga studio and spa. In the meantime, Wendell lives in Ghost Town. At 11, he is having trouble making friends. He decides to ride a train out of town and ends up in Marjorie’s town. When they meet, their adventures begin. Sheets is perfect for young and middle school readers. The words are scarce and the pretty pastel pictures tell much of the story. The moral is nice and doesn’t seem forced. 3 stars. Thanks to the publisher, Lion Forge, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
BOOOOOOOHOOOOO!! Whimsical Comic with adorable art work. I have never reviewed this type of book before but it was surprisingly enjoyable. I was a bit confused with the back story in "Sheets" but it held my interest all the way. Marjorie Glatt is working to keep the family laundry business running smoothly after the death of her mother. Wendell is or was an eleven year old boy who died and who is now dealing with the land beyond. Young ghost on the hunt for a friend finds Marjorie deep in the reality of trying to overcome her grief and keeping a roof over her head. Quick, entertaining, escape. "A copy of this book was provided by Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Jennifer_Houle More than 1 year ago
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It deals with a variety of topics, including (but not limited to) grieving over the loss of a parent. It loses a star for loose ends. (Too many spoilers if I start listing them.)
MimiHey More than 1 year ago
Right... This wasn't what i was expecting. At all. It was mostly depressing, but still beautiful at the same time. Not a happy read, but a must read nevertheless.