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Paper Girls Volume 1 Paperback – April 5, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—The book opens with a 12-year-old girl named Erin having an incredibly vivid and confusing dream. She wakes up and starts her paper route. Because it's November 1, there's a lot of residual Halloween weirdness out on the streets, and soon she finds herself the target of some teenage boys who are wearing costumes while vandalizing the neighborhood. Erin is rescued by several newspaper delivery girls who are traveling together for safety, and then the narrative takes a surreal turn. Some folks in the neighborhood start disappearing, and people who appear to be wearing Halloween costumes seem to be from different times or places. The papergirls try to figure out who is attacking them and why, who are their allies or enemies, and just what on earth is going on. The tale ends with a striking cliff-hanger that will let readers know that the girls' adventures are far from over. Vaughn's reputation has already skyrocketed with the success of graphic novels like Saga, and this title helps to showcase his abilities as the author of far-out fiction that will make readers think. Colorful and captivating, the artwork expertly captures the strange qualities of this memorable outing. Strong language makes this more appropriate for mature readers. VERDICT An awesome selection for older teens and adults looking for an exciting sci-fi tale with unexpected twists.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Top Customer Reviews
bad ass girls as my idols, I would have been WAY less likely to take any of the bs I put up with in my
awkward grade school/high school years! Rainbow Brite and her gang were aaaalmost there...but I think
they were technically well spoken toddlers.
Vaughn has worked on some of the best comic series including the above mentioned Saga, Y The Last Man and Runaways. In Hollywood he worked on the TV show Lost and the first season of Under The Dome.
Cliff Chang is an excellent artist who recently illustrated a highly acclaimed run on Wonder Women. Chang draws superb and real young women and since this stories centers on four 12 years girls that is very suitable. For some reason many comic artists struggle in the depiction of non-adult characters.
The story takes place in 1988 on the morning after Halloween as three friends and one new girl go out to deliver their paper routes. To say that strange things happen is a vast understatement. So many bizarre events happen that I became worried that the author would never make sense of it all. If the book has a downside it is the lack of explanations. But after reading several interviews with Mr. Vaughn I am now confident that all will be explained by it's conclusion. At this juncture we have met so many characters and don't even now which are good guys and which are bad guys.
While the book is full of Sci-Fi it does take time to do some social commentary like the story with one girls Alcoholic Step Mother.
This book is set in 1988 the same year Brain K Vaughn was 12 years old. So a lot of this is pulled from his childhood memories and experiences as an almost teen.
It is well written , beautifully illustrated and well deserving of your time. I eagerly await for it's mysteries to be revealed. Highly Recommend.