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Yolen, Jane

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Aliera is a star at fencing, but at school no one notices her--until her new lab partner Avery begins flirting with her. Aliera's mother just bought her a foil from a garage sale, and it has a strange jewel attached to the hilt. Will Aliera's first date be ruined when magical creatures try to steal her foil?

Publisher: New York ; London : First Second, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1596432799
Characteristics: 160 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,22 cm


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Jan 27, 2015
  • skyekilaen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Oh how I love this book! I recommend it to both older kids / teens and adults. Heck, my kid isn't even old enough to enjoy it yet but I've read it multiple times!

Aliera, a teenage girl with color blindness who doesn't really fit in at school, ends up with a secondhand foil for her competitive fencing... and a whole lot more than that. Fairies? Trolls? Supposedly cute boys who are really anything but? Yep! Aliera's relationship with her cousin and best friend Caroline adds a sweet note. Cavallaro's art is gorgeous, particularly as Aliera starts to see in color for the first time.

Oct 09, 2013
  • 0Charlie rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have enjoyed other works by Jane Yolen and was curious to see a graphic novel by her. I found the format somewhat confusing and, therefore, had a problem following the story. Didn't find anything especially new to the young-person chosen-to-be-the-saviour/protector of-the-world-from-evil/magical-forces plot. It is book one of the series and possibly will be clarified in future works.

Jul 17, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Aliera is a girl who can't find her place in the world, she is a typical teenage girl in some ways for she has difficultly with boys, but in other ways she is very strong. Her perspective on the world is emphasized through the colours, for she is colour blind and only sees greys. That is until something strange happens and coloured fairy tale creatures appear. As this is the first volume it is not clear yet what this fantasy world is that has popped into her reality, but it seems to have a purpose where it will help her to discover her true self. She is a very likeable narrator, and one you that can empathize with. Fencing is a huge part of her life, and so it is explained in detail, all the chapters are named after a different technique and are accompanied by a simple sketch showing what it is.


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May 03, 2012
  • Dr_Inferno rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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