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Prison Island : A Graphic Memoir
by Colleen Frakes


Overview - McNeil Island in Washington state was the home of the last prison island in the United States, accessible only by air or sea. It was also home to about fifty families, including Colleen Frake's. Her parents--like nearly everyone else on the island--both worked in the prison, where her father was the prison's captain and her mother worked in security.  Read more...

 
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Overview
McNeil Island in Washington state was the home of the last prison island in the United States, accessible only by air or sea. It was also home to about fifty families, including Colleen Frake's. Her parents--like nearly everyone else on the island--both worked in the prison, where her father was the prison's captain and her mother worked in security. In this engaging graphic memoir, a Xeric and Ignatz Award-winning comics artist, Colleen Frakes, tells the story of a typical girl growing up in atypical circumstances.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781942186021
  • ISBN-10: 1942186029
  • Publisher: Zest Books
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 192
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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Books > > Comics & Graphic Novels - Biography
Books > > Girls & Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Comics creator Frakes (Tragic Relief; Woman King) recounts her childhood growing up on McNeil Island, home to a now-shuttered prison in Washington's Puget Sound. Frakes shifts between her family's visit to the prison's 2011 closing ceremony, during which they revisited familiar buildings including their old house, and flashbacks to her childhood memories. For Frakes's family, living on the island meant that, for once, they were all in the same place at the same time; the price of that togetherness included 6 a.m. ferry rides to school and having to stay inside when prisoners were working outdoors. Frakes's loose b&w cartooning and straightforward dialogue provide a solid sense of both McNeil's history and the peculiarities of life on a prison island (such as having to lock up pool toys that could potentially be used in an escape). Dramatic moments are at a minimumaside from an escape attempt that "just about ruined" Frakes's 16th birthday, the overall tone of the book is nostalgic and melancholy, a highly specific example of the idea that one can't go home again. Ages 14up. (Sept.)

 
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