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Author: Xu, Ru
Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy at the only paper in town that tells the truth during the war, but she struggles with her secret and befriends Crow, a boy who is also not what he seems.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 2.60
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 187905
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 71007
School Library Journal (00/12/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 Gr 4–7—In a world where only boys can be newsies, Blue poses as a boy in order to live in the communal house and hawk papers each day. What seems like a familiar setup quickly takes strange and delightful turns in this graphic novel by new artist and author Xu. Blue's city is at war, and the leaders are looking for a missing weapon. Meanwhile, Blue's newest friend, Crow, and her new mentor Jack have lots of secrets as well. When Jack and Crow's secrets collide, it might be time for Blue to reveal hers. The full-color palette is beautifully rendered. Xu's artwork is imbued with a beauty and depth that create a world slightly out of step with our own, at once familiar and excitingly strange. The illustrations match pace perfectly with the story, frantic at times and celebratory at others. The style veers between steampunk and manga and more traditional American comics, resulting in an exciting and refreshing title. Some of the details of the plot and the world are maddeningly vague, but that should not confound readers for long. Those who enjoyed "Amulet" will eagerly devour this book, the first in what will surely be a popular new series. VERDICT This excellent and unique offering features strong world-building and an original story line. It will happily find a home in most library collections.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/15/2016 In the fictional city of Nautilene, Blue lives with a passel of orphaned newsboys, and Blue’s got a secret: she’s a girl. The plucky newsie is well loved by her misfit family and fantastic at slinging papers all over the city, but if anyone finds out her secret, she’s toast. Meanwhile, absent-minded inventor Jack takes her under his wing, and while on an outing, she meets a mysterious boy who calls himself Crow. When Jack falls under suspicion for stealing a powerful weapon from a neighboring region, Blue learns that Crow isn’t all that he seems. Xu’s debut graphic novel makes great use of steampunk technology and 1920s-era fashions and architecture, which gives the whole book a sleek sense of style. While the tightly focused panels and quick shifts between scenes make the story occasionally difficult to decipher, the manga-style artwork is full of dynamic movement and comically over-the-top expressions. With a touch of mad science and an irrepressible heroine, this series starter should find an easy home among fans of adventure comics. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.