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Newsprints
by Ru Xu


Overview - Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There's a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle , the only paper in town that tells the truth.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There's a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. And what's printed in the newspapers now matters more than ever.
But Blue struggles with her secret, and worries that if her friends and adopted family at the Bugle find out that she's a girl, she'll lose everything and everyone she cares about. And when she meets and befriends Crow, a boy who is also not what he seems, together they seek the freedom to be their true selves... and to save each other.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545803120
  • ISBN-10: 0545803128
  • Publisher: Graphix
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 208
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Adolescence

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Though Blue holds her own among the newspaper lads in the town of Nautilene, few know that shes not a boy. Her adopted family helps keep her secret, but that loyalty is challenged as Blues need to press boundaries pulls her into the geopolitics of her homeland of Goswing and its warring enemy, Grimmaea. She first befriends and becomes an apprentice to a scientist named Jack, who seems all too familiar with the war effort, then stumbles upon the reclusive Crow, who, like Blue, is not all he appears to be. Xu doesnt always pull together narrative threads of her first graphic novel in ways that feel natural; encounters and dialogues can be forced, as when Blue randomly meets Crow sitting atop a building on a secured naval base and they become instant friends. Theres no faulting Xus art, though, which blends the expressiveness of manga with an emphasis on cross-panel action more commonly found in western comics. With rich coloring, retro cityscapes that hark to the era of newsies, and a miscellany of steampunk gadgetry, its an enjoyable romp that considers how hidden secrets shape who people become. Ages 812. (Jan.)

 
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