Isaac is isolated and alone, diagnosed with epilepsy, a disease his family won't acknowledge and his doctors don't understand. Based on the author's lived experience, MIS(H)Adra is a harrowing account of the daily struggles of chronic illness. Ata's four-color illustrations are vivid and intense, and his red, black, and blue depictions of seizures are especially powerful. This is a difficult book—frustrating, heart-wrenching, and exhausting. You may want to shake the characters from their seemingly willful ignorance. But, ultimately, watching Isaac learn to ask for help, and to trust those who are willing to give it, is moving and hopeful. -Emma— From Fall Booknotes 2017
An Arab-American college student struggles to live with epilepsy in this starkly colored and deeply-cutting graphic novel. Isaac wants nothing more than to be a functional college student--but managing his epilepsy is an exhausting battle to survive. He attempts to maintain a balancing act between his seizure triggers and his day-to-day schedule, but he finds that nothing--not even his medication--seems to work. The doctors won't listen, the schoolwork keeps piling up, his family is in denial about his condition, and his social life falls apart as he feels more and more isolated by his illness. Even with an unexpected new friend by his side, so much is up against him that Isaac is starting to think his epilepsy might be unbeatable. Based on the author's own experiences as an epileptic, Mis(h)adra is a boldly visual depiction of the daily struggles of living with a misunderstood condition in today's hectic and uninformed world.