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The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci
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Jul 19, 07

bookshelves: graphic_novels, young-adult
Recommended for: graphic novel kids who enjoy everyday-life stories
Read in July, 2007

Jane's parents move her from NYC to Suburbia after a bomb goes off in a cafe she was in. During the attack, Jane grabs the spiral notebook of a John Doe next to her on the sidewalk and finds inspiration to heal and create from his artwork.

In suburbia, Jane ignores the popular kids and goes straight to a table full of girls all named Jane (with different spellings). After attempting to fit into each of their worlds, she finally comes up with her own project: P.L.A.I.N. (People Loving Art In Neighborhoods) and they unite as a girl gang for DIY art.

Does John Doe ever ever wake up? Does Jane ever escape suburbia? What do the police do when garden gnomes spring up on their lawn? Read.

(Side note: This is the launching title for a new DC Comics imprint called Minx: graphic novels aimed at teenage girls and published in a OEL manga format)
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