November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

NewsPrints by Ru Xu | SLJ Review

Get the latest SLJ reviews every month, subscribe today and save up to 35%.

redstarXU, Ru. NewsPrints. illus. by Ru Xu. 208p. ebook available. Scholastic/Graphix. Jan. 2017. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9780545803113; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780545803120.

mg-gn-xu-newsprintsGr 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

This review was published in the School Library Journal December 2016 issue.

A Day-Long Celebration of Fandom-Beloved Stories and Characters
Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for our inaugural LibraryCon Live! We’re excited to offer this day-long virtual festival for book nerds, librarians, and fans of graphic novels, sci-fi, and fantasy. Network online with other fans and explore our virtual exhibit hall where you’ll hear directly from publishers about their newest books and engage in live chats with featured authors. You’ll also learn from librarians and industry insiders on how to plan and host your own Comic Con-style event.
Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind