Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Maggie is about to enter ninth grade. This is the first year that she'll be going to public school as the previous 9 years she spent home schooled. But, she's not the first one in her family to make that transition, her pack of older brothers are already attending. So it shouldn't be too scary, right?

But she isn't necessarily interested in the things her brothers are and so she's on her own when it comes to finding a place in high school.

Luckily she has the good fortune of meeting Lucy who immediately recognizes Maggie's friendship potential. Lucy also spends a lot of time hanging out with her own brother, Alistair. The two of them sport mohawks that mark them as outsiders at their school, but Maggie doesn't care about their social status, she's just happy to have someone nice to eat lunch near.

But what's the deal between Alistair and Maggie's oldest brother? Or with Alistair and the pack of volleyball guys? More importantly, WHY is there a lady ghost occasionally haunting Maggie on her way home?

This is an easy book to get swept up in. It's a graphic novel, which is the perfect thing to tell quiet Maggie's story. When there's a conversation going on, you're searching everyone's faces, trying to find out what's really going on, just the same way Maggie is. Are her twin brother's getting along better these days because they aren't fighting as much? Is Alistair really happy hanging out with two freshmen girls every day? You'll find yourself studying the eye contact, scrutinizing a glare here or a frown there. It's subtle and awesome and also beautifully drawn.

If you're not reading a lot of graphic novels, take a look at Friends with Boys  and see some of the amazing storytelling that you're missing.

Don't believe me, check out the first 20 pages NOW.

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