Graphic novels have come a long way from the early days as superhero comic serials. Now, complete stories in bold illustrations by very talented artists are becoming quite popular. The Girl Who Owned a City, written by O. T. Nelson, adapted by Dan Jolley, illustrated by Joelle Jones, and colored by Jenn Manley Lee tells the story of Lisa and her little brother Todd, abandoned in a rough world where a mysterious virus has killed everyone over the age of 12. Lisa is a skinny blonde kid, dressed in dusty a clothes who is trying her best to provide for her little brother. However, a gang has formed and is enticing the neighborhood kids to join. This gang is mean, rough, and will surely destroy what little civility is left. We see in illustrations in the opening pages that Lisa is teaching herself to drive, hunt abandoned houses for food, and stay safe. But when the forming gang starts taking over her friends and threatening a food supply, Lisa steps up to the plate to reclaim her friends, neighborhood, and eventually becomes the leader of her city.
If the premise of a 12-year old suddenly gaining the wisdom and ability to unite a city of children sounds far-fetched, just remember that this graphic novel falls squarely in the post-apocalyptic fantasy realm, and check all realistic expectations at the door. Still, then end of this short, stand-alone work is ultimately uplifting. And, reading a book in graphic novel form forces the brain to read and process the information on the page differently. This rotating book is in the Young Adult age range, and is shelved near that department at the library.
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The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. Nelson, et. al.
ISBN: 9780761356349, 128 p., illustrated
Young Adult Rotating section