A sheltered miniature girl and a human teen new to the Louisiana suburbs secretly become friends, but they must decide if this blossoming friendship is worth the risk.


7” Kara Vol. 2 is a middle-grade magical realism graphic novel by Becca Hillburn. It’s the continuation of the 7” Kara series from 7” Kara Vol. 1. Life as a Lilliputian means keeping lots of secrets, and Kara's biggest secret just keeps getting bigger, threatening to divide her family. With her mother's help, Kara has met her first human, and friendship is beginning to blossom between Kara and Naomi, the human teenager who's just moved in. Kara learns how to ride a cat and enjoys her first tea party, but Naomi's hiding something from her. Is this larger than life friendship really worth the risk?

Publication date January 12, 2021
MSRP $29.99
Genre JUV008080 - Juvenile Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
Audience Middle-grade
Level U (F&P). Grade 5.
Format Perfect-bound paperback full color 224 pages. 8.5” x 11” x 0.75”
ISBN 978-1-735567822
ebook ISBN 978-1-735567839
LCCN 2020916394
Distributor Baker & Taylor
Publisher Nattosoup Studio

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Selected pages

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Major themes


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As Kara is faced with real challenges, her traditional Louisiana family must grow with her. Between keeping secrets, impending danger, and ultimatums, Kara’s family must learn to compromise or risk being alone in this scary world.


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Two girls, two cultures, one epic adventure. 7” Kara draws on themes of forbidden friendship, love, and emotional growth through these Louisiana families. Kara and Naomi are both isolated by their respective parents. They find solace in tales of their distinct worlds and learn to accept their differences.


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As someone with ADHD, Becca created an accurate depiction of childhood ADHD without any of the negative connotations clouding her character’s life. Kara is someone readers can cheer for; she's friendly and outgoing, ambitious and excitable, sometimes irritable and irrational, but always loved and valued on her own terms.


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7" Kara is strongly influenced by my love and appreciation of nature and enjoying the world around us. By changing the perspective, readers will see the everyday world around them in a whole new light.


"A pleasing new installment to a charming series" —Kirkus Reviews

“Overall, this work is sure to enchant young readers” —Kirkus Reviews

"Hillburn renders Kara’s world in vibrant visuals with lovely use of watercolor with much attention given to the details of Lilliputian homes and lifestyles, and readers will find it delightful to explore." —Kirkus Reviews

"The cast is likable while having realistic flaws, and the author explores genuinely intriguing conflicts as she raises the stakes of Kara and Naomi’s friendship" —Kirkus Reviews

"A charming story that will make you hope to find tiny friends in the summertime. Becca's characters bubble with joy and affection.” —Jerzy Drozd, co-author of SCIENCE COMICS: ROCKETS

"This charming story should be read anytime, but I'd recommend it especially on a warm summer night with fireflies, crickets, and family.” —Jerzy Drozd, co-author of SCIENCE COMICS: ROCKETS

"A delicate and sweet comic that parents will love reading with their children.” —Jerzy Drozd, co-author of SCIENCE COMICS: ROCKETS

“Hillburn paints exactly the kind of miniature world I loved reading about as a kid, or heck, even as an adult! As Kara and Naomi navigate their differences (and not just in size), it's a good reminder that we all have things to teach and things to learn from those around us.” —Zack Giallongo, creator of STAR WARS DOODLES and BROXO

Readers will relish the quiet wonders of the Lilliputian way of life. As the curious Kara leads us on a discovery of her tiny world, we can all find new joy in the small pleasures of the ordinary. 7 Inch Kara is a beautifully spun tale of friendship and adventure, and a must read for Ghibli lovers and fans of Anne of Green Gables. —Kate Rhodes & Jen Xu