Grades 7 - 9
Grade level Equivalent: 2.5
Lexile Measure®: 310L
Guided Reading: W
- Comic Books and Graphic Novels
- Adolescent Issues
- Death, Grief, Loss
- Magic and Supernatural
- Adult Content
About This Book
An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers
An ALA Great Graphic Novel for Teens
An astonishing graphic novel from Holly Black, bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and Tithe.
Rue Silver is about to discover that her life isn't all what it appears to be. She returns home one day to find her mother missing - and her father blamed for her disappearance. Did he commit murder? Is there another truth beneath it all?
Rue digs deeper into her family's past and makes a startling discovery: her mother is a faerie, and she has vanished back into the faerie realm because of a broken promise. Rue must fight sinister forces to get her back- and in the meantime engage with a number of faerie folk who have hidden agendas of their own.
Once again, Holly Black creates a mysterious, dark would full of threat, romance, and illusion...this time matched by the amazing imagination of graphic artist Ted Naifeh.
Beware: The faerie realm is about to crash into our own.
"Black does a wonderful job of weaving an alien faerie world through Rue’s urban landscape, and Naifeh’s art, rich with shadows, is expressive and angular and pulls the reader into the story with a solid sense of place. Urbanfantasy readers of Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lindt, and Terri Windling will be immediate fans of this title." — Booklist
"Naifeh’s fantastically rendered faeries range from a stunningly beautiful elfin goddess to devilish horned creatures. With a healthy smattering of angst, romance and faerie lore, fans of the genre should enjoy this volume. Providing enough introductory exposition, this should hook its reader, but still leave enough mystery to leave readers clamoring for the next installment." — Kirkus Reviews
" The rich illustrations, stunning contrasts of dark and light wherein shadow competes with blinding brightness, supplement Rue’s own straightforward (and deceptively cool) narration by hinting at depths of turmoil not present in her recounting. The dramatically rendered faeries, all consisting of sharp points and otherworldly elements, will captivate fantasy fans, who will find it intriguing to see Black’s always evocative descriptions transformed into pictures." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books