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Kin: The Good Neighbors, Book One

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Spiderwick author's graphic novel for teen fans only.

Book Holly Black Fantasy 2008
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The edgy, expressive black-and-white illustrations will attract teen readers, even if the plot doesn't always make a whole lot of sense. There are a few visual missteps, like when Rue's legs go from fishnet stockings in one frame to bare on the next page. Rue's apathetic "What, me worry?" gets a little tiresome, especially when she faces life-changing events.

Still, scenes like a coffee shop populated by demons and shots of humor (Rue's friend says he believes her because "This is the part in the movie where that guy says, 'Zombies? What zombies?' just before they eat his brains. I don't want to be that guy.'") will engage teens exploring their identities. "A lot of kids have this fantasy that secretly they're really the princess of a foreign country," Rue notes when she discovers her mother's heritage. "Turns out that pretty much sucks."

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