Welcome to “I AM READING THIS SO HARD RIGHT NOW”
I usually deck out this segment with a nice juicy quote, but copying down a passage from a graphic novel seems pretty pointless to me. Let me, however, sing the praises of the unpublished The Girl Who Owned a City, a graphic novel based on the 1975 novel by O.T. Nelson. According to what I’ve read about the original novel, it’s been assigned by lots of school teachers over the years. I was never made to read it myself, nor have any of my library’s kiddos ever come in asking for it. That said, this novel seems to be familiar territory for many readers.
Despite the 1975 publication and delightful yet dated original covers, the graphic novel revamp of The Girl Who Owned a City is modern and fresh. It’s like a Walking Dead comic or a good episode of Buffy (sans zombies or vamps) that’s totally kid-appropriate. It’s got that edgy post-apocalyptic Lord of the Flies feel without being gory or unceasingly depressing (don’t kid-cannibals just get you down?). Sounds impossible, right? The protagonist, Lisa, is an amazing Buffy Summers/Veronica Mars hybrid, complete with great hair. Look for it in April of 2012.
~Love and Libraries, Ingrid