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Blindspot by Kevin C. Pyle
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Feb 01, 10

bookshelves: picture-books, graphic-novels
Read from January 30 to February 01, 2010

Blindspot by Kevin Pyle is a graphic novel that is intended for readers in grades three through six. However, it’s theme of growing up from a little boy to a young man could be especially engaging for boys through high school. I gave it four stars. The story follows Dean, a young boy who enters an imaginary world when he is playing with his friends: he engages in dangerous army missions with his friends, doing battles in the woods, engaging in hand to hand combat, and destroying and going beyond enemy lines. (In reality, he is playing near train tracks, stealing clothing off an old neighbor’s clothesline, and vandalizes a homeless man’s makeshift shelter.) Dean lives in this world of army and war, countering authority figures of adults and teachers. However, after destroying a homeless man’s home in battle and coming face to face with this enemy, Dean is snapped back into the real world, awakening to the real danger that combat and battles bring with it. He escapes, at the end, and is now living in every-day life, back to the reality of playing sports, drawing, and hanging out with friends. The themes of child versus adult, an imagined world versus reality, and danger versus safety can engage any young reader as they deal with finding their true place and identity within the real world. The illustrations, camouflage colors during army scenes and a tranquil blue during real life scenes, help the reader understand and feel the real feelings of Dean as he struggles with finding his place in life, which he learns is full of risk, danger, and misunderstandings but also full of compassion and understanding. The format of the graphic novel truly engages the reader, as we go on this journey with Dean through both text and images. As anyone growing up and searching for identity knows, there is a blurry and grayed line between what is real and what is not. It is up Dean, and to us, to decide where we want the story to go.
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message 1: by L- Lisa (new)

L- Lisa Your description of this graphic novel has captured my interest as it sounds like it would be popular and appropriate for a wide age group of children. Using the visual interpretation the graphic novel format offers with themes of war and self discovery in the world sounds very interesting. It sounds like the author illustrator created a unique way to create the images through color and wartime visuals.


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