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The Silver Six Paperback – June 25, 2013

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From School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up–After Phoebe's parents are killed when their shuttle mysteriously explodes, Phoebe and her robot, Max, hide her illegal orphan status for an entire year. When she is finally discovered and sent to Child Welfare Services, she and five other orphans discover their secret connection–all of their parents were killed on the same shuttle, and they all left their children identical Moon-registry documents. The plot unfolds from there, weaving themes of friendship and teamwork into an exciting sci-fi story that will keep readers turning the pages. Rawlings's illustrations are bright, colorful, cartoony, and so appealing that they could attract readers who are not mature enough to fully appreciate this story on all of its levels. Strictly judging by the cover, one might assume that this is a story about six children having a futuristic adventure, appropriate for third or fourth graders. But in reality, the story focuses primarily on Phoebe, who is 12 and who experiences several tragically painful circumstances, so The Silver Six is actually more appropriate for a slightly older audience.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In the future, earth is an ecological mess, cities such as Boston are enclosed in what the people call “bubbles,” and young Phoebe ends up in an awful orphanage where the kids are used as slave labor. She teams up with several others—Hannah, Oliver, Rebecca, Patel, and Ian—and they learn that they each have a Moon Registry from their parents, who all died in the same shuttle accident a year ago. They escape the orphanage and make their way to the uninhabited moon on their registries, but the corporation that killed their parents sends a killer after them, too. Lieberman has written an honest-to-goodness sf-adventure thriller featuring smart, resourceful kids (and one cool robot) who work together to solve the mystery of their parents’ deaths, and, while they’re at it, they just might save the world. Rawlings’ animation background shows in his colorful and dynamic panels. He uses a cartoony style that can convey emotions with just a few lines and engages the reader with the characters. Grades 3-5. --Kat Kan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545370981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545370981
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on June 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I thought, when I saw the title and the cover, that this would be a superhero book, which are not uncommon, but it turned out to be much more interesting. It's science fiction, with brave orphans (they're wearing orphan uniforms, not superhero costumes) saving Earth from environmental catastrophe at the hands of the evil, power-hungry, overlord of the energy extraction company that's wrecked the planet. Adding to the sci fi fun, there's space travel to an orphan moon, high tech weapons, and a very endearing robot!

Young Phoebe is one of six kids orphaned in a single shuttle crash--their parents, brilliant scientists, were on their way to talk to the aforementioned bad guy about an alternate energy source. The kids don't meet up until a year has past, when they find each other at a brutal orphanage. When they realize they have each been left one part to a final message from their parents, they escape to the orphan moon where the parents had been on the verge of a breakthrough. Though distracted by the unspoiled natural beauty of the moon, the kids come together as a team to solve the mystery of their parents' death.

Unfortunately, they are being pursued by a deadly weaponized probe, and Phoebe is captured. The bad guy must be defeated, Phoebe must be rescued, and the energy crisis solved...but how?????

Why it's worth offering to your child/reading yourself:

--Good story, beautifully and clearly illustrated. Lots of action, but some more peaceful interludes for people (ie me) who get dizzy when there's too much mayhem, and some nice bits of humor.

--Characters one can root for (and I do like that so many graphic novels with strong boy appeal have girl characters front and center!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen M. Harvey on July 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Plot: Phoebe is a young orphaned girl who lives with her robot Max and has gone undetected since her parents passed away. All that is about to change as someone is after her, or rather something that her parents left behind. At the orphanage she is taken to, Phoebe meets five other kids whose parents were killed in the same accident. Together, they must find out why their parents were killed and how to save the world. A fast-paced sci-fi adventure, The Silver Six is a graphic novel that will have readers turning page after page.

Characters: Phoebe is a smart character who knows how to go undetected. She has the sense to remain in school and pretend that things are normal so that she won't be taken away from her home. Her robot Max cracks me up and I grew fond of him quickly. I love the interactions between Phoebe and her robot as well as the other orphans. There's an obvious quality of geekiness to the six children which leads to quick thinking and being able to think themselves out of many dangerous situations.

Graphics: I loved the artistry in this graphic novel. I have a thing for full color as well and I felt like it brought the world to life. The science fiction themes run strong throughout the novel and are reflected in the costumes and architecture of the world.

Final Verdict: A great graphic novel that will have fans of Zita the Spacegirl and all things graphic novel reading on until the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ambition. It’s not a term I usually associate with children’s graphic novels. Your average everyday children’s comic is not particularly ambitious. There are so few of them out there that you can’t make any grand sweeping statements about them, except maybe to stress that the difference between a GN for adults and a GN for kids is scope. While an actual prose novel for the kiddos can set its sights rather high (see: “The Golden Compass”, “Hokey Pokey”, “The Book of Everything”, etc.) children’s graphic novels have more of a tendency to limit themselves. They might encompass sprawling narratives over the course of several books (see: the Bone series, the Amulet series, etc.) but in a single book? Usually there’s not a lot you can say (unless you’re Shaun Tan, of course). So I would have thought prior to picking up Lieberman and Rawlings’ “The Silver Six”. What looks on the outside to simply be yet another tame adventure tale for the kiddos turns quickly into a story so packed with excitement that in any other author’s hand this could easily have been split into a trilogy (at the very least). With a large diverse cast, a relatable heroine, and a good old-fashioned evil corporation, Lieberman and Rawlings dare to dream big and it pays off. Like I say . . . ambitious!

Phoebe Hemingway’s been doing okay. Sure, her parents died in a mysterious crash about a year ago and she’s been faking it ever since with her robot Oliver, living on their own. But when child welfare services track her down and send her to the ultimate nasty futuristic orphanage she discovers a deadly secret. Phoebe immediately meets up with five other kids that share some shocking similarities to Phoebe. Like the fact that their parents all died in the same crash.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. McCoy on July 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
In a future Boston, which now has a bubble over it, a shuttle returning to Earth blows up killing all those on board, including Phoebe's parents. Phoebe has spent the past year living on her own with her quirky robot Max and pretending to adults that her parents are still alive. When she is captured by Child Welfare Services, she is placed in a dreadful home and forced to go to school and work. She makes some new friends and they discover they have something important in common.

It's a science fiction graphic novel for middle grade readers and I loved that all the kids were smart (as well as their parents). They used some scientific principles to solve problems they ran into. Phoebe is independent, but learns she can't live without others. Her robot Max is hilarious, and there is good humor throughout the book as well as a good level of action and mystery.

Written by AJ Lieberman and illustrated by Darren Rawlings, I appreciated that the story never seems to talk down to their audience. The art is engaging and colorful. It was a fun story with true villains and the hintings of an environmental message throughout. The importance of teamwork and friendship are reinforced, as well as dealing with loss. It was a fun story and I look forward to more from this creative team.
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