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Home After Dark

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful graphic novel explores issues of abandonment.

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Stories of abandonment and bullying certainly are nothing new, but this exquisitely detailed graphic novel explores the topic with a powerful, cinematic approach. In Home After Dark, David Small captures the look and feel of another era but shows how some struggles are ever-present. In Russell, he presents a protagonist at odds with nearly everyone around him, desperate for connection even with people who put him down. The language and action are often harrowing, and the book achieves its greatest resonance in its small moments. It's suitable for older teens but may be too harsh for younger readers.

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