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Kin (The Good Neighbors, Book 1) Hardcover – October 1, 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Good Neighbors Series

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Grade 8 Up—After her mother suddenly disappears, Rue Silver finds out that the woman was a faerie. Rue's father, Thaddeus, a human, is suspected of murdering her, as well as one of his students. As Rue solves these two mysteries, she also finds out more about her parents' relationship, and her own relationship with them. Willowy, brooding Rue and her Goth punk friends don't look too different from the glamorous, aloof faeries, and this sophisticated tale is well served by Naifeh's stylish, angular illustrations. This book will appeal to readers of Holly Black's fiction and fans of intelligent, otherworldly stories such as Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series (Vertigo).—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Rue Silver’s everyday life with her professor father and ethereal mother comes crashing to a surreal end when her mother one day simply disappears. As Rue starts noticing oddities in her little town—people with wings or animal faces, or vines that seem to sprout up over everything at night—she tries to tell herself that such things would be crazy. When her extended family appear and claim that she is part of a hidden faerie world, Rue finds herself embroiled in a magical fight for power. The first volume in a series, this book goes a long way in setting up a foreboding, darkly mysterious atmosphere while giving the reader quick details for characterization. Black, one of the authors of the Spiderwick Chronicles, does a wonderful job of weaving an alien faerie world through Rue’s urban landscape, and Naifeh’s art, rich with shadows, is expressive and angular and pulls the reader into the story with a solid sense of place. Urban-fantasy readers of Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lindt, and Terri Windling will be immediate fans of this title. Grades 10-12. --Tina Coleman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439855624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439855624
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
From the Publishers of Jeff Smith's Bone Volume 7: Ghost Circles comes a new series from one of the authors of the The Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set): The Field Guide; The Seeing Stone; Lucinda's Secret; The Ironwood Tree; The Wrath of Mulgrath. The series called Kin debuts this fall with The Good Neighbors. This is a fantastic graphic novel. The story is strong and compelling, the characters are enticing and draw the readers in, and the artwork is excellent.

This is the beginning of the story of Rue Silver. Rue thought she was a typical student - she had good friends, hung out, went to class and broke into abandoned buildings to climb and explore in them. But now her mother has just disappeared, her father has been arrested, suspected of killing her and one of his grad students. However the story is not as direct as that. Because, unbeknownst to her, Rue is a faerie, like her mother. Rue embarks on a quest - a quest to save her father, a quest to find her mother and after discovering her fey roots, a quest to understand herself and her role in the world. For a battle is brewing between the faerie world and our world, and a dark faerie has plans to make mortals live in fear of the good neighbors once again.

This book reads like a cross between Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere: A Novel and Stardust but with a much darker edge than Stardust.
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a friend gave us this book...
dear lovers of faerie lore,
... and we didn't realize that it was going to be a graphic novel. We were expecting something like Black's novels Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, or Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie, or Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale. About 15 years ago we had stopped reading graphic novels. Not intentionally, we had just bought a number but we never read them. We don't know why, we just stopped. So getting a graphic novel made us a bit hesitant. We were, however, pleasantly surprised. It is a good story about Rue Silver who begins seeing the Faerie all around her (we won't tell you the rest, you can get that from other reviews or better yet read the story yours'elf) and the art by Ted Naifeh is great. The only reason we're giving it four stars instead of five is because it is essentially just a rehashing of old lore, a well done rehash mind you, but there is nothing original here. Black doesn't innovate as far as we can see and we'd love to have her do so (perhaps in the future). Still, it was a lot of fun and we plan to get the next book in the series as well. Suddenly, just as abruptly as we gave it up, we're reading graphic novels again.
kyela,
the silver elves
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Good Neighbors is an entertaining read about a young adult girl named Rue, whose mother, an elven lady has disappeared. Her father is framed by the fairies for the crime, and she believes she is going insane because she has started to see Fae (the fairies), all over town.

Believing her father is innocent, Rue begins to investigate the crime only to discover her true heritage as a half-Fae girl.

I really liked the Good Neighbors, but particularly the artwork. The artist has a real flair for capturing the impending menace fo the Fae people and their world, by showing the fae- just out of the corner of the eye- mingling with humanity. The characters are well-portrayed and in general I liked it.

The only improvement I feel which could be made to the graphic novel, would be to beef up the dialog a bit and to make Rue a bit more sympathetic. I felt she was a bit self absorbed and cold and didn't like- for instance, how she treatd Naveen. I would've tried to help him if I could.

Anyway, I've ordered the second book in the series. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
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It's not easy being a teen, and it doesn't help when your parents start acting strange. Three weeks ago, Rue Silver's mother disappeared and her father has withdrawn, sitting in front of the television for hours on end. To top it all off, she has started seeing things, or rather beings, that should and can't possibly be there. Fanciful and possibly magical creatures.

Rue's world has met up with the fairie realm and she has no idea how to deal with it.

When we meet Rue, she is wearing a longish, girlie dress and it lulled me into thinking that she was going to be a weak clingy girl. She is nothing like that. She is head strong and determined to find her mom and get her family back together no matter what it takes and who or what she has to overcome.

As with most graphic novels, this is a quick read, but it left me with so many questions that I wanted more right away.

The artwork by Ted Naifeh is excellent. His drawings fill in all sorts of details in the story line and emphasize the other worldiness of the fairie beings. His use of black and white had me looking at each panel with equal importance.

Author Holly Black is well known for her earlier series The Spiderwick Chronicles.
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