In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott says, “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

My hope is that this is what books become to you—as important as almost anything else on earth. This blog is about helping you find the miracle in these small, flat, rigid squares of paper while you are in middle school and beyond. Once you read alongside me, you are forever a member of my tribe of readers. No matter how you old you are, when you need to be reminded of the power of a good story, you will find me here, waiting to place one in your hands.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

FRIENDS WITH BOYS by Faith Erin Hicks

copyright date: February 2012
primarily marketed for: young adults (12 and up)

This summer I officially became a fan of graphic novels.  Somehow, I am more willing to suspend my disbelief when reading a graphic novel.  Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks is no exception.

Maggie, who has been homeschooled up to now, is starting high school.  Her only companions have been her older brothers, who become her only support system in high school as well.  That is, until she meets Lucy and her somewhat elusive brother Alistair.

Maggie, Lucy, and Alistair eventually find themselves in the midst of an adventure involving a museum, a graveyard, and a soul plagued with a sense of unrest.

While Maggie gets to know her new friends and works through the adventure they’ve uncovered, she also gets to know herself better.  There is depth to her personality and although the ghost story Maggie’s life becomes is fanciful, the dynamic within her family is achingly realistic. 

This is a very quick read that holds depth beyond what is initially apparent on the story’s surface.

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