April 23, 2017

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Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld | SLJ Review


WESTERFELD, Scott. Spill Zone. illus. by Alex Puvilland. 224p. First Second. May 2017. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781596439368.

Gr 10 Up –It’s a mystery why three years ago Poughkeepsie suddenly broke the boundaries of reality, giving life to demonic wolves and sentient twisters, or why its human inhabitants now hang suspended in the air like puppets. It wasn’t aliens, it wasn’t a nuclear attack, and the military isn’t talking. That isn’t Addison’s mystery to solve; all she has to do […]

Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp | SLJ Review


RAPP, Adam. Decelerate Blue. illus. by Mike Cavallaro. 208p. First Second. Feb. 2017. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781596431096.

Gr 10 Up –Welcome to a brave new world that is marketing-forward and tech-heavy. Culture has been reduced to snippets of perfectly packaged and abbreviated elements. It’s a world run by the Guarantee Committee (GC), and the inhabitants are “protected” and monitored to ensure that they are keeping everything short. Students at Hyper High no longer study the classics; instead, they take […]

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Vol. 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa | SLJ Review


AGUIRRE-SACASA, Roberto. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Vol. 1. illus. by Robert Hack. 160p. Archie Comics. Aug. 2016. pap. $17.09. ISBN 9781627389877.

Gr 10 Up –This horror flick reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a lushly cinematic and refreshingly grim departure from the charmingly sweet heroine of yesteryear. This isn’t your mother’s teenage witch: although Sabrina is dealing with common adolescent woes, she’s also consorting with the devil and feasting on a sacrificial goat. The story takes place in […]

Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman | SLJ Review


GAIMAN, Neil. Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk to Girls at Parties. illus. by Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon. 64p. Dark Horse. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781616559557.

Gr 7 Up –Two young men named Vic and Enn walk down the street, trying to find their friend’s party, when they come across a house playing loud music that draws them in. Vic has always been popular, and he tries to give Enn advice on talking to pretty girls. Both start […]

Archie Vol. 1. by Mark Waid | SLJ Review

Archie Vol. 1.

Waid, Mark. Archie Vol. 1. illus. by Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, & Veronica Fish. 176p. Archie Comics. Mar. 2016. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781627388672. 

Gr 7 Up –Archie Andrews and the Riverdale teens have been reimagined by Eisner Award–winning writer Waid and “Saga” artist Staples with a fresh, 21st-century spin in time for the franchise’s 75th anniversary. While still keeping the boy-next-door charm and sweet sensibility of the original comics, this volume, which collects the first six […]

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True by Ryan North | SLJ Review

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2

North, Ryan. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True. illus. by Erica Henderson. 120p. (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl). Marvel. Dec. 2015. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9780785197034. 

Gr 6 Up –In this latest adventure, college student Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl, saves a group of hostages, including her cat-loving roommate, Nancy, from robot dinosaurs. She encourages a mutated hippo with a fiery temper to become a demolition worker instead of robbing banks, and she […]

Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff | SLJ Review

Cliff, Tony. Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling

Cliff, Tony. Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling. illus. by Tony Cliff. 272p. ebook available. First Second. Mar. 2016. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781626721555.

Gr 6 Up –Delilah Dirk has a chip on her shoulder. Of late, she lashes out at anyone who wounds her pride or name, even when the danger is great. As in Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (First Second, 2012), her faithful friend Selim acts as the voice of reason, but stopping […]

The Fall of the House of West by Paul Pope & JT Petty | SLJ Review

The Fall of the House of West by Paul Pope & JT Petty

Pope, Paul & JT Petty. The Fall of the House of West. illus. by David Rubín. 160p. (Battling Boy: Bk. 2). ebook available. First Second. 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781626720107.

Gr 7 Up –Determined to find her mother’s killer, Aurora West, daughter of hero Haggard West, has finally started to patrol the monster-infested streets on her own, despite the protests of her father and her mentor. While the first volume, The Rise of Aurora West (2014), […]

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North | SLJ Review


North, Ryan. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power. illus. by Erica Henderson. 128p. ebook available. Marvel. 2015. pap. $15.99. ISBN 9780785197027.

Gr 5-8 –Supervillains and criminals meet their match with Tony Stark’s friend Squirrel Girl, aka Doreen Green, a college freshman with the appearance, speed, and agility of a squirrel. Fitting in proves to be challenging, as normal girls do not talk to or have a squirrel sidekick, nor do they have super strength. […]

Killer Manga, a Whodunit, & Noelle Stevenson’s “Nimona” | YA Graphic Novels


“Lumberjanes” cocreator Noelle Stevenson’s webcomic about a shapeshifting sidekick gets a print edition and galactic-themed manga feature murderous and heroic aliens. Check out the YA graphic novel reviews featured in SLJ’s April 2015 issue.

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