With lettering by Jared K. Fletcher
Published by DC Comics, 2007
Cerrin and I read this graphic novel during the late hours of the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. We knew we needed a change of pace from our regular reading to keep us going. It was short, quick, engaging and, as we both said, sweet.
It’s a young adult/middle school story about a teenage girl, Jane. A 9/11-style catastrophe has occurred in Metro City where she lives. Her parents are afraid for her safety so they all move to the suburbs. This means Jane is away from her friends and is now the new girl at the school, the outcast.
Jane does a good job of overcoming her circumstances by gathering together other outcasts, the other plain Janes, and leading them in new activities. Working at night and in secret, they create works of art in various parts of their new town. For example, they cover various objects around town in Christmas wrapping paper, or they put soap bubbles in the fountain.
Cerrin and I agreed that young adolescents would enjoy this book. We liked the attitude displayed by Jane and the way she did not mope around about a situation she didn’t like. I liked it because the printing was easy to read and the action moved quickly. My only negative was that it was in black and white. Reading this at 2 am I could have used a bunch of bright colors.
We are both suggesting this as a good book for our almost-12-year-old granddaughter/niece. We believe she’ll like the message of this story.
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