Saturday, January 14, 2017

reviews from Saleena 1/14/17

I had heard of this comic series, but hadn't actually read any of them...and now that I have, I am IN LOVE.  Will be buying copies for the Teen collection, and can't wait to finish reading them all.

First, I love that you don't get a lot of background, just jumping into the action.  Second, the adventures are fun and really, the girls are smart & kickass heroines....what more could you ask? 

In the first adventure the girls solve a mystery (while running from crazy chasing yetis and 3 eyed creatures)  Volume 2 gets a bit weird when they find a mysterious cave & inadvertantly get involved in a supernatural bit of sibling rivalry.

This book was amazing, and thoughful and sad....literally all at once.  Alex is the main focus, but the story alternates between her voice, her classmate (and new friend) Peekay, real name Claire; and Jack another classmate who begins dating Alex.  They all live in a really small town and know OF each other, but now are really getting to know various parts of each other.  The first line of the book grabs you "This is how you kill someone".....and from there you are off and running.  Bring your tissues, you will need them.

The Marvels is a beautiful and lovely story, told partly through art and partly through text.  The story centers around two things, the acting family; The Marvels--tracing their history and the theater they work in from the late 1700s until 1900.  The text portion starts in 1990 with a young boy running away from boarding school to see an uncle he's never met....Selznick ties both stories together beautifully and the ending literally made me cry.  While technically this story could be read by a younger person, the deeper story and themes make it really for someone in middle or high school in order to absorb what's going on with all the levels of story happening at once.  Just, wow!

I honestly wasn't sure I wanted to read this, but it was on a I jumped in...and I'm so glad I did.  Mimi is Japanese and African American; which in modern days would be not much of a big deal; but this story is set in 1968; when it is a VERY big deal.  Mimi wants to be a rocket scientist, another shocking development for 60s educational system.  The family has just moved to a new town, where there really aren't any other minorities because of Mimi's father's job as a History Professor at the local college.   This book is written in poetry style and is very much in first person.  I love that Hilton really brings to life the reality of life in America at that point without losing the story.  This is a really lovely story with a strong character, a strong family and where the story really is about growth and "slice of life"; because history and life are all about the small moments that are huge later, looking back.

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