Paper Girls, Volume 2

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed sci-fi about growing up and growing older.

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Educational Value

Paper Girls, Volume 2 points out the differences between 1988 and the present. It depicts a diverse group of 12-year-olds working together against a common enemy.

Positive Messages

Friends stick together in times of trouble. It's better not to know exactly what the future holds.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mac, Erin, KJ, and Tiffany come from different backgrounds, but they know how to work together. Mac is the toughest of the bunch, but the others demonstrate bravery and compassion.


Giant water organisms battle each other. A futuristic weapon causes a bystander to explode. The girls push an enemy out of a helicopter.


"Goddamn," "s--t," "bitch," "hell," "a--hole," and "f--k" are each used one or two times.


The Apple logo is a recurring element in the story.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Twelve-year-old Mac smokes. The adult version of Erin has a prescription for Xanax.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Paper Girls , Volume 2 collects five issues of the ongoing comics series by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Cliff Chiang. Set in 1988 and in 2016, it tells the story of four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls who witness incredibly strange events during their early morning rounds. The characters occasionally use strong language, including one or two instances each of "goddamn," "s--t," dick," "hell," and "f--k." One of the girls is a regular smoker. Violent scenes include a fight between two gigantic water organisms, the explosive death of an innocent bystander, and a fight inside a moving helicopter.

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Parent Written byTrueBeliever114 T. February 13, 2018

Another hit!

Brain K. Vaughan is a legend of his craft. I have personal read all of his extensive graphic novel library, and I hail Paper Girls and Saga among his greatest... Continue reading

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What's the story?

PAPER GIRLS, VOLUME 2 continues the adventures of newspaper delivery girls.Mac, Tiffany, KJ and Erin as they cope with what might be an alien invasion. KJ has disappeared somehow, and the arrival of Erin's 40-year-old self puts a new spin on things. Previously microscopic water organisms battle to the death, a third version of Erin arrives, and Mac learns more about her future than she wants to know.

Is it any good?

The need to add complications to the main plot sometimes scuttles even the most promising ongoing comics series, but this second collection smoothly introduces new wrinkles to the story. Author Brian K. Vaughan makes each character distinct but believable, and the feminist underpinnings of the story ground it in more than empty theatrics. Illustrator Cliff Chiang knows how to choreograph a fight scene, but his artwork also serves the story's quieter, more introspective moments. There are many aspects of the plot left unresolved in Paper Girls, Volume 2, but this superior sci-fi saga is only getting going.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Paper Girls, Volume 2 uses the concept of time travel to explore how people change over decades. What would it be like to meet your 40-year-old self?

  • How does Paper Girls, Volume 2 explore the notion of fate? Are our lives pre-determined, or do we have free will?

  • What role does violence play in Paper Girls 2? Could some of the violence be avoided?

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