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Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc by Tony Lee | SLJ Review

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LEE, Tony. Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc. illus. by Sam Hart. 112p. ebook available. Candlewick. 2015. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9780763676131; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780763676148. LC 2013957283.Joanofarc

Gr 7 Up–This stunning biography uses Joan of Arc’s trial as a frame story for an account of her life. Joan recounts events from her life, which was rooted in deep faith, and the spiritual encounters that have made her such a legendary figure. Lee and Hart have aptly titled their work, highlighting how the voices that Joan heard shaped her life and helped her lead France to victory. The illustrations are dynamic, evoking the look of superhero comics and conveying, along with the text, Joan’s courage and heroism. This graphic novel is a fitting companion to Lee and Hart’s other historical works Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur (2007) and Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood (2009, both Candlewick). VERDICT An enlightening and accessible account of the life and death of Joan of Arc.–Kevin McGuire, Woodland Hills School District, PA

This review was published in the School Library Journal November 2015 issue.