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A quirky, fast-paced urban fantasy by esteemed author Jane Yolen

 

Aliera Carstairs just doesnt fit in. Shes always front and center at the fencing studio, but at school shes invisible. And shes fine with that . . . until Avery Castle walks into her first period biology class. Avery may seem perfect now, but will he end up becoming her Prince Charming or just a toad?

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JANE YOLEN is the author of over 300 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. Her books and stories have won an assortment of awards--including two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite Award, two Christopher Medals, and a nomination for the National Book Award, among others. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates.
 
MIKE CAVALLARO is originally from New Jersey. He has worked in the New York comics and animation industries since the early '90s. Mike is a member of the web-comics collective, ACT-I-VATE, where he contributes weekly web comics, including the true-life historic memoir, Parade (With Fireworks), a 2008 Eisner Award nominee. He lives in Brooklyn. 

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, April 29, 2010 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Fencing is Aliera’s life. Every day she goes to school then heads to fencing practice. She even fences on weekends when she’s not visiting her disabled cousin. Fencing makes her feel strong, and she’s good at it. She takes her fencing teacher’s lessons seriously, particularly the one that says to guard her heart. That’s why she resists when cute, popular Avery starts to show an interest in her. But since he’s her lab partner in school she can’t avoid him forever.

Foiled by Jane Yolen is cleverly put together to correspond to action in a fencing match. Each of the fencing moves has a corresponding part of the story to go with it. Mike Cavallaro does an excellent job of illustrating both Aliera’s gray colorblind world and the color she sees later, when the story takes a twist.

The story touches on lots of middle-school-aged worries, such as popularity, kissing for the first time, and dating. Be aware though: near the end of the novel it morphs from this storyline into a fantasy graphic novel. The tone changes then from using fencing as a metaphor for life relationships into actually using fencing skills for protection. It’s easy to see when this happens, as the drawings turn to color, but the switch may be confusing to some.

It seems as though this is the first in a series for the new storyline, and it could be fun to follow it along as the story continues to play out. Aliera is a strong female character who is not afraid to show her strength. Recommended for readers aged 9 to 12.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596432796
Author:
Jane Yolen and Mike Cavallaro
Publisher:
First Second
Illustrator:
Cavallaro, Mike
Author:
Yolen, Jane
Author:
Cavallaro, Mike
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Comics
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Action
Subject:
Adventure/General
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 6 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 x 0.515 in
Age Level:
11-12

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