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Title: Book Comp Recommendation
Post by: austin-diamond on April 07, 2022, 08:14 PM
Hi! I'm wondering if anyone can provide me some good book comps.

My book is in 1st person, about a gifted, sweet, deeply curious, on-the-spectrum child with a huge imagination who loves creative writing—writing in his diary, he tells stories and draws characters that seem to leap off the page. Well, one day, they do leap off the page, and actually come to life, leading him to a magical school, where he learns to find his "Me"—the thing that makes each person unique. With his new-found sense of self and superpower, and a little help from his friends, he defeats an ancient evil, and achieves world peace.

The book is full of characters from all across world mythology.

I'm having the most trouble finding books told from a 1st person, diary-like perspective. And, although there are many "magical school" books, I can't think of one that is "created" like this from the mind of a child. I think the mythology aspect of it is the easy part!

Would love to hear your recs! I've heard Dory Fantasmagory before, but this is more MG, and I dare say "Harry Potter"-like -- though it is a school of Imagination, created from the mind of a child.

Thank you! :)
Title: Re: Book Comp Recommendation
Post by: JulieM on April 08, 2022, 04:36 PM
From memory, these two books might be relevant to your search. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56153866-100-remarkable-feats-of-xander-maze?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=XNhJDSCN7h&rank=1 and
http://readingtime.com.au/from-stella-street-to-amsterdam/
Also, note that comp books don't have to have all the same qualities as your book. You can say in a cover letter that your book has the humor of X and the diverse character first person POV of Y (for example).
Good luck!
Title: Re: Book Comp Recommendation
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 08, 2022, 06:36 PM
If you Google middle grade with autistic main character, you get a couple of lists. Perhaps something there will work as a comp.
Title: Re: Book Comp Recommendation
Post by: Barbara Etlin on April 25, 2022, 11:12 AM
What about THE LIGHTNING THIEF for one of your comps, in which Percy Jackson has dyslexia, not autism? In the world of his magical school, dyslexia is a superpower that lets him read ancient Greek. The fact your book is different from other books is actually what makes it special, in my opinion, anyway.