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ISBN13: 9781416935872
ISBN10: 1416935878
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Abby is back at the same old camp she goes to every summer — except for the fact that this summer, nothing is the same. Her friend Rose is a cabin assistant, her friend Beth is pierced, and now the only person who doesn't seem too cool for Abby is Shasta, the new girl. Shasta, who was struck by lightning, whose Internet boyfriend is a senior in high school, and who is totally annoying to everyone but Abby...

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"Eisner Award winner Larson effectively mixes magical realism with the timeless rituals of summer camp in this pitch-perfect graphic novel for 'tweens....A delightful addition to any duffle (or library)." Kirkus Reviews

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"Larson won an Eisner Award in 2007 for Special Recognition as an up-and-coming artist, and here she delivers upon expectations. Her characters and situations are completely believable..." VOYA

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"[A] deft take on the reality behind the friendships made, lost, and made again at an average summer camp....An honest and obviously personal title....A great new book from a comic artist." A Fuse #8 Production

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"Larson delicately handles both the usual middle-school angst and the additional pressures that come with being somewhat different. The style is more Craig Thompson than Shojo Beat, and the content is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students." School Library Journal

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"This may be well-trod territory, but it's traversed with a freshness, sureness, and understanding that speak very well for Larson, who was recongnized with a 2007 Eisner Award for new cartooning talent." Booklist

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"Chiggers is an entertaining graphic novel whose intended audience is younger teenage girls; they will relate to Abby's friendship travails and her romance with Tiel, which consists of kissing and hand-holding." KLIATT

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"Hope Larson shows off the deft storytelling and inventive layouts that made her a web-comics sensation." Gene Yang, Michael L. Printz Award-winning creator of American Born Chinese

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"Chiggers is a fresh, honest, and sweetly touching story drawn by a master artist. Kudos!" Jennifer L. Holm, Newbery Honor Award-winning author of Penny from Heaven and Our Only May Amelia

Synopsis:

It's summer and Abby is back at camp. Then Shasta arrives. She and Abby share a lot in common — but none of Abby's friends can stand Shasta. What happens next will be familiar to anyone who has ever been torn between friendships. Illustrations.

About the Author

Hope Larson is the author of andlt;iandgt;Who Is AC?andlt;/iandgt; and the author-illustrator ofandlt;iandgt;andnbsp;Mercuryandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Chiggersandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Gray Horsesandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Salamander Dreamandlt;/iandgt;, which andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt; named one of 2005's best comics. She won a 2007 Eisner Award, the highest honor for a comic artist. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles. You can visit her at HopeLarson.com.Hope Larson is the author of andlt;iandgt;Who Is AC?andlt;/iandgt; and the author-illustrator ofandlt;iandgt;andnbsp;Mercuryandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Chiggersandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Gray Horsesandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Salamander Dreamandlt;/iandgt;, which andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt; named one of 2005's best comics. She won a 2007 Eisner Award, the highest honor for a comic artist. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles. You can visit her at HopeLarson.com.

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crowyhead, November 4, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
What a beautifully drawn, lovingly related book! I enjoyed this graphic novel immensely. Hope Larson's artwork reminds me a bit of Craig Thompson's, but less angular, and I fell in love with the easy lines and bold black and white illustrations.

Abby is back at the camp she goes to every year, but she's feeling a little out of place. One of her former best camp friends is now a junior counselor and doesn't have much time for her, and her other friends seem to be moving out of pre-adolescence and into teenagerhood faster than Abby can keep up. Abby befriends her bunkmate, Shasta, but Shasta is that unfortunate combination of beautiful, strange, and not-quite-believable that causes other girls' hackles to rise. She claims to have been hit by lightning, she has a long-distance boyfriend who's in high school, she says she's part Cherokee, and she seems to suffer from a long list of ambiguous ailments.

The book is laced with ambiguity, which might frustrate some readers; there are hints of magic, and there are hints of things that Shasta might be hiding, but very little is actually confirmed. This didn't bother me, though, since it just seemed to feed into the strange limbo-like feeling of teetering on the brink of adolescence. Definitely recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416935872
Author:
Larson, Hope
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Cartoons and comics
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080617
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c (bandamp;w interior illustrations
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 8.645 oz
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 176 pages Aladdin Paperbacks - English 9781416935872 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Eisner Award winner Larson effectively mixes magical realism with the timeless rituals of summer camp in this pitch-perfect graphic novel for 'tweens....A delightful addition to any duffle (or library)."
"Review" by , "Larson won an Eisner Award in 2007 for Special Recognition as an up-and-coming artist, and here she delivers upon expectations. Her characters and situations are completely believable..."
"Review" by , "[A] deft take on the reality behind the friendships made, lost, and made again at an average summer camp....An honest and obviously personal title....A great new book from a comic artist."
"Review" by , "Larson delicately handles both the usual middle-school angst and the additional pressures that come with being somewhat different. The style is more Craig Thompson than Shojo Beat, and the content is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students."
"Review" by , "This may be well-trod territory, but it's traversed with a freshness, sureness, and understanding that speak very well for Larson, who was recongnized with a 2007 Eisner Award for new cartooning talent."
"Review" by , "Chiggers is an entertaining graphic novel whose intended audience is younger teenage girls; they will relate to Abby's friendship travails and her romance with Tiel, which consists of kissing and hand-holding."
"Review" by , "Hope Larson shows off the deft storytelling and inventive layouts that made her a web-comics sensation."
"Review" by , "Chiggers is a fresh, honest, and sweetly touching story drawn by a master artist. Kudos!"
"Synopsis" by , It's summer and Abby is back at camp. Then Shasta arrives. She and Abby share a lot in common — but none of Abby's friends can stand Shasta. What happens next will be familiar to anyone who has ever been torn between friendships. Illustrations.
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