Putting the reader in the middle of the story packs a visceral, visual punch in this unflinching graphic-novel depiction of the days before, during, aPutting the reader in the middle of the story packs a visceral, visual punch in this unflinching graphic-novel depiction of the days before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. I didn't know that a hurricane hitting New Orleans was a disaster waiting to happen, feared by disaster experts in the same way as a San Francisco earthquake. I never did get a full picture of how horrible this event was, and the ways the various levels of government dropped the ball. Bugs, snakes, heat, oil spill, pets left behind, rescuers shot at but working together with no communication or leadership, so many dead. I probably shouldn't have read this before bed, but everyone should read it to remember and realize. Includes extensive primary source notes and Bibliography. Illustrations in pen & ink and digital paint....more
Reading this in my own world, I would give it 5 stars. The sister relationship is spot-on, as always ("attempted grab! successful dodge!"). Raina's faReading this in my own world, I would give it 5 stars. The sister relationship is spot-on, as always ("attempted grab! successful dodge!"). Raina's facial expressions and comic timing are delightful. Braden Lamb's coloring is incredible. The use of the ghosts, as a terminally ill child and her family deal with death (and navigating family cultural heritage), seems inspired. Yet I'm listening to others' reactions to the use of Spanish missions, Spanish language, and Dia de los Muertos. These views expand my own reading of the story.
Like A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return, this book centers around Lebanon, in the earlier timeframe of the author's father's childhood iLike A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return, this book centers around Lebanon, in the earlier timeframe of the author's father's childhood in the 1960s. Ahmad grew up in Baddawi, a refugee camp, and came of age and made his way to college amid strife and uncertainty. There is a lot I still don't grasp about this conflict. The glossary was very necessary, but difficult to flip to in the back every couple of pages. Leila Abdelrazaq's artwork deftly blends real happenings with abstract ideas, as in the chess game on p. 83.
The cover appears to be Ahmad, but seems to have special significance. From the Preface: "In 1975, acclaimed Palestinian artist and political cartoonist Naji al-Ali began drawing a character named Handala. Handala was a ten-year-old boy with spiky hair, bare feet, and tattered clothes. He always stood with his back to the reader, hands clasped behind him, as political events unfolded around him. Naji al-Ali promised that once Palestinian people were free and allowed to return home, Handala would grow up and the world would see his face.
Naji al-Ali was assassinated in 1987, and Handala still has not turned around. Today, he is one of the most prominent symbols of Palestinian resistance, and the definitive symbol of the Palestinian refugee child." ...more
The civil war in Lebanon is not something I was familiar with. This book tells the author's story of growing up where bombings, snipers, and unsafe plThe civil war in Lebanon is not something I was familiar with. This book tells the author's story of growing up where bombings, snipers, and unsafe places were normal, and electricity, gas, and running water were luxuries of the past. In fact, the family moved their household into to one room -- the foyer, which was the most safe from the outside. The adults created a small world in here, trying to keep the children innocent (shaving with LEGO bricks!) even in the midst of grief and loss (view spoiler)[(Ernest playing both hands of a card came after the death of his twin brother just about broke me). (hide spoiler)]...more
I can't give this series enough accolades. It brings history to life like nothing else. In this concluding volume, I appreciated the many women key plI can't give this series enough accolades. It brings history to life like nothing else. In this concluding volume, I appreciated the many women key players; the honesty about how hard it was to lead a group (the SNCC) as it grew; and the horrible similarity of yesterday's and today's issues regarding voter suppression and police brutality. And, I totally sobbed on p. 190.
"Don't come to Mississippi this summer to save the Mississippi Negro. Only come if you understand -- really understand -- that his freedom and yours are one."
"It tends to be forgotten, among moments of drama and violence, just how many days of uneventful protest took place outside the courtrooms and jails."
"There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem." -Lyndon B. Johnson, Voting Rights Act Address...more
This caught my eye because I've been reading a lot about Native Americans, appropriation, and #OwnVoices, and it's a fictionalized history of the ApacThis caught my eye because I've been reading a lot about Native Americans, appropriation, and #OwnVoices, and it's a fictionalized history of the Apache Wars of the 1870s written by...Ethan Hawke. Hawke is in fact an accomplished writer in addition to his acting career, and he writes in the Afterword how this subject has haunted him since he was a child. He originally wanted to shoot it as a movie, but, lacking funding, shaped it into a graphic novel with the help of artist Greg Ruth. I found myself wishing he had shaped it with the help of Native creators, too...I'll be interested to see if there are Native reviews written.
Hawke notes, "authentic Native American perspectives were mostly absent from the dominant historical narrative of the Old West," but then, "I knew that it was not really my story to tell, but my heart felt compelled to tell it."
There is an introduction by Douglas Miles, Sr., an Apache man. He writes, “What motivates people to battle the most technically advanced and powerful nation in the world? People assume it is savage violence for its own sake, as so many Hollywood films have interpreted it. Popular culture would have you believe our own innate tribal ability prompted us on paths to violence. In reality, any time a culture around the world has its way of life threatened, it has fought fiercely to preserve it.”
The story is incredibly, bloodily violent, an aspect that is driven home by seeing the battles enacted visually. It was helpful to remember that this kind of fighting did happen (and likely still happens in war zones). Greg Ruth's art is unusual for a graphic novel, full of brush marks and a painterly sensibility. His human faces and Western vistas bring the story to life. I had a hard time keeping all of the characters straight, especially the White men. Includes Further Reading.
“Who are the Bluecoats to give us part of a thing Usen [the Creator] gave us whole?”
"We make history, and we are damned or saved by how we do it."
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2016: Read a book that is set in the Middle East. Several graphic novels from the Middle East came across my radar atBook Riot Read Harder Challenge 2016: Read a book that is set in the Middle East. Several graphic novels from the Middle East came across my radar at once - this one, and Baddawi, and The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir. This one lightly educates about the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990 - something I knew nothing about) through small vignettes remembered by the author. Some are typical 1980s-type memories (the clicking sound when you shake a cassette tape), while others are innocent yet sobering (her little brother starting a shrapnel collection). Zeina Abirached's simple, black-and-white artwork is reminiscent of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. I found myself thrown off by the pacing, especially the end, which seemed abrupt and incomplete. Still, I would venture that most Western readers don't know this history and could benefit from learning about it....more
Another incredible book in the March series. Sometimes I have a hard time connecting to the reality of history if I'm not experiencing it, and these bAnother incredible book in the March series. Sometimes I have a hard time connecting to the reality of history if I'm not experiencing it, and these books put the reader in the experience of Civil Rights activism, emotionally, visually, and viscerally. If you've ever wondered how to affect social change, if you've ever wondered about the history of police brutality toward blacks in America, if you've ever wondered why it's such a big deal to have a black president -- this history will enlighten you.
I was especially lucky to have this book the day before Congressman John Lewis began the House-floor sit-in by Democrats seeking a vote on gun control measures. It gave me some excellent context about nonviolent protest. I finished the book after seeing John Lewis speak in person at the ALA Annual conference, along with the co-creators of this book. I hope it continues to educate and find its way into classrooms and libraries everywhere. I'm eagerly awaiting book 3.
"I had never actually eaten at a restaurant before in my life -- the only other times I had stepped foot inside one had been part of a protest."
"Freedom riders must develop the quiet courage of dying for a cause. We all love life, and there are no martyrs here -- but we are well aware that we may have some casualties. I'm sure these students are willing to face death if necessary."
"Everyone in the movement must live a sacrificial life."...more
I'm so glad that some of my Goodreads friends posted this unique graphic novel and brought it to my attention, because it's incredible. It was great tI'm so glad that some of my Goodreads friends posted this unique graphic novel and brought it to my attention, because it's incredible. It was great to read it with very little initial knowledge, so I don't want to say too much. Turn on your observation skills and be amazed.
I remember reading somewhere that the first breakup with your childhood best friend is a necessary part of coming-of-age, and that has made a big partI remember reading somewhere that the first breakup with your childhood best friend is a necessary part of coming-of-age, and that has made a big part of life make sense to me. It's still painful, though, and I think most girls will recognize the pitch-perfect tween friendship story at the heart of Roller Girl -- when Astrid signs up for skating camp, but her best friend Nicole, without exactly telling her and while pairing up with another friend, signs up for dance camp instead. The heartbreak here is so perfectly rendered, even while Astrid decides to distract herself by kicking butt at roller derby camp -- and fails. Repeatedly. A story about someone who works hard and doesn't give up, and has to keep her head up when rewards don't come easily, is refreshing in these times of Chosen Ones and Natural Talents and Amazing Transformation Montages. I cried at least 5 times, for real.
As a bonus, I learned how roller derby works, and can't wait to find out more about our local Ohio Roller Girls. I also liked the unremarked visual diversity here -- in Astrid's single mom, her Latino heritage, in her black herione, Rainbow Bite, and in her dreadlocked, tatooed coaches.
"After weeks of tough training...and extra practices...with lots of blood, sweat, and tears...I can say, without a doubt...I still stunk."
This is fun! It's a picture-book-sized graphic novel (in a wildly melty, surrealist art style) that breaks into "Where's Waldo"-style seek-and-find spThis is fun! It's a picture-book-sized graphic novel (in a wildly melty, surrealist art style) that breaks into "Where's Waldo"-style seek-and-find spreads, with adventure and alternate dimensions to boot....more
From the Goodreads description: "Whatever your adventure, you're guaranteed to find lots of romance, lots of epic fight scenes, and plenty of questionFrom the Goodreads description: "Whatever your adventure, you're guaranteed to find lots of romance, lots of epic fight scenes, and plenty of questionable decision-making by very emotional teens. All of the endings—there are over a hundred—feature beautiful illustrations by some of the greatest artists working today, including New York Times bestsellers Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Randall Munroe, and Jon Klassen. "...more