Lee Durfey-Lavoie

Cindy Seip

Lee Durfey-Lavoie is a college dropout who was able to find a career in writing. Just Roll With It is his debut graphic novel, with cartoonist and illustrator Veronica Agarwal. The book follows Maggie, who’s desperately hoping to get through her first year of middle school with a minimum of stress. But between finding the best after-school clubs, trying to make friends, and avoiding the rumored monster on school grounds, she’s having a tough time. So she turns for help from her 20-sided dice. But what happens if Maggie rolls the wrong number? A touching middle-grade tale, Just Roll With It explores the complexity of anxiety, OCD, and learning to trust yourself and the world around you. Gale Galligan, adaptor and illustrator of the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel series, praised it as a “charming, compassionate story that’s sure to resonate with anyone who’s ever stayed up worrying.”