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NewsPrints Paperback – January 31, 2017
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Gr 4–7—In a world where only boys can be newsies, Blue poses as a boy in order to live in the communal house and hawk papers each day. What seems like a familiar setup quickly takes strange and delightful turns in this graphic novel by new artist and author Xu. Blue's city is at war, and the leaders are looking for a missing weapon. Meanwhile, Blue's newest friend, Crow, and her new mentor Jack have lots of secrets as well. When Jack and Crow's secrets collide, it might be time for Blue to reveal hers. The full-color palette is beautifully rendered. Xu's artwork is imbued with a beauty and depth that create a world slightly out of step with our own, at once familiar and excitingly strange. The illustrations match pace perfectly with the story, frantic at times and celebratory at others. The style veers between steampunk and manga and more traditional American comics, resulting in an exciting and refreshing title. Some of the details of the plot and the world are maddeningly vague, but that should not confound readers for long. Those who enjoyed "Amulet" will eagerly devour this book, the first in what will surely be a popular new series. VERDICT This excellent and unique offering features strong world-building and an original story line. It will happily find a home in most library collections.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
"With rich coloring, retro cityscapes that hark to the era of newsies, and a miscellany of steampunk gadgetry, it's an enjoyable romp that considers how hidden secrets shape who people become." - Publishers Weekly
"A fantastic story about friendship, and a strong debut graphic novel!" - Kazu Kibuishi, #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Amulet
"Ru Xu's gorgeous illustrations and heartfelt writing makes NewsPrints a graphic novel I want to reread again and again." - Faith Erin Hicks, New York Times bestselling author of The Nameless City
"Xu's manga-influenced art is full of movement and life." - Eva Volin, Children's Librarian, Alameda Free Library
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Blue is a girl secretly doing a job that’s meant for boys only. In midst of defending her paper route she bumps into a strange inventor who offers her a job as an apprentice. Then she runs into a strange boy named Crow who is hiding from his true purpose.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book; they were fun to read about and engaging. I loved the world as well; it’s a unique blend of fantasy and steampunk elements. The story was fast-paced and easy to follow; I had trouble putting this book down.
The illustration was really well done, again it was easy to follow and full of beautiful full-color images. I really enjoyed the illustration style and thought it matched the story well.
My 10 year old son really loved this book as well; he loved the action and the neat characters. So it’s endorsed by our household middle grade reader :-)
Overall this was a fun and fast-paced graphic novel with an engaging story, an interesting world, and fun characters. I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy fantasy/steampunk graphic novels. This is one of those graphic novels that both kids and adults will enjoy.