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White All Around

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  301 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Canterbury, Connecticut, 1832: a charming female boarding school has found success among the locals, with two dozen girls enrolled. Some in town question the purpose of educating young girls—but surely there's no harm in trying? At least not until the Prudence Crandall School announces its plans to start accepting black students. Thirty years before the abolition of slaver ...more
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published January 2021 by Europe Comics
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Mitticus
+Digital ARC gently provided by Netgalley and publishers in exchange for an honest review+

Such amazing people and history ; such floundering put story.

The grace of graphic novels is that it is a way of spreading stories in a simple way, sometimes on topics as important as this, so, on that side, it serves its purpose by highlighting the school for black girls created in 1832 in Connecticut. Not to mention that it could be said that it was the first integration of a black student in a school for
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Shirin Tondkar
4.5
1832 in Canterbury, African Americans are FREE but have no civil rights. A small female boarding school was preparing to welcome its first black students.
Twenty colored girls can board at Miss Crandall's school. A law designed to shut her school down, she went to jail for a few days when she refused to pay. She tried hard for their school to become legal.
The parents are scared to send their kids to school but try changing their children's destiny. Sarah seeks the why and the how, and Eliza is
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Rebecca Crunden
Even in the land of the free, not all of America's children are welcome.

Well. WELL. This is a gut wrenching graphic novel about historical racism. It's a familiar enough story to those who know American history - white men at odds with Black women educating themselves - but the story of the Prudence Crandall School is new to me: a young white woman goes against the town of Canterbury to open a school for only Black girls in the 1800s. The white residents of the village oppose her actions and tre
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Dawn Michelle
This beautifully illustrated and smartly written graphic novel of historical fiction tells the story of a time before the Civil War when Black people were free, but not equal. They were free, but unable to go to school [especially if they were women]. They were free, but unable to protest or even talk about their own ideas and beliefs. It is the story of a school that admitted Black girls and ended up being burnt down because of it.
People think that the North and life in the North for Black pe
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Noria
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd
The drawing is exquisite and there’s an interesting take on the topic of History and education !
TheNuisance1
Thanks to NetGalley, I was able to get my hands on this graphic novel about pre-civil war America! I didn’t understand it at first because I never heard of the boarding school before (obviously cause I’m a dumb European duh..) but as soon as I kept reading it wasn’t so bad! However I found adding the witch into this was quite bizarre and puzzling like are we reading a story involving fantasy or a real life scenario that actually happened from the past here? lol

As well the wee boy was cute in thi
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Ana
3.5 stars *may change
trigger warnings: racism, death, anti-blackness
It must be pointed out first and foremost that this is a story about the black experience in America in the 1800s. That being said, the author, Wilfrid Lupano, is, as far as I can tell, white. I'm not a black reviewer, and so it is not my place to say if Lupano has the right to tell such a story. This foreword is a warning. This is not, from what I've seen, an own voices.
I think the art for a graphic novel must, to some extent,
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Camila Lobianco
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
100% ★★★★★

I can't do this. I was supposed to do an objective review about this book, but all I can do is cry and wanted to do this now because what I'm feeling is too strong right now. For all of you that don't know, I don't cry that usually, I have this barrier between me and the books that make me can read and not bring too emotional experiences to my life, but, man, I cried like a kid. Feral, you have my heart and I think this is my favorite character of all times, but I can't explain why b
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Jessica Haider
This graphic novel is based on true events that happened in Cantebury, CT in the 1830's. This was the time shortly after the Nat Turner rebellion. Slavery was still legal in the south. While Black people were free in the north, they didn't have equal rights. A local white woman, Prudence Crandall ran a girl's boarding school. She made a decision to make the school exclusively for Black girls. This made most of the towns folks angry and they protested the existence of a school for Black girls. Cr ...more
Kübra Demir
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Europe Comics for providing that beautiful and touching graphic novel in exchange for my honest review.

It was just what I was looking for this month. Something real, captivating, and informative… It is basically about the mistress of a female boarding school in Canterbury, Connecticut, 1832 deciding to take in colored girls as students. I especially love the last pages which the readers can find the summary of the character’s biographies, bcz let’s be honest I have almost
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Laura
This is a fictionalized, very fictionalized version of a school for black women in Connecticut before the American Civil War. While the main story line, about how the locals did not like the school is true, the other bits, with a witch of the woods, and the strange boy that quoted a book about Nate Tucker, is out of the imagination of this French writer.

While the illustrations are nice, and the story, goes off the rails at a certain point, it is probably worth the read to just see how poorly the
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Zaba Cita Novine
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I cried a little...

First of, I want to hug this art. I want to live in it and in these colors and never come back. I want my life to be this art. It is the purest and most beautiful art I've seen!
That forest goddess! 😍

The year is 1832 and Prudence Crandall teaches young girls in her boarding school. The society is not all that strong on educated women, but oh well...
Until Prudence decides that she will start teaching only young ladies of color!

This is a lovely and scary and uplifting story of
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Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm incredibly excited to delve into this. ...more
Zoë
** I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. **

CW: Slavery, racism, violence against POC, gun violence, mob violence, suggestion of sexual assault, mild nudity.

White All Around is a graphic novel based on true events in American history... And a reminder of how much I still have to learn about my own country. This beautifully illustrated novel balances the dark reality of America for black people in the 1800s with hope, beauty, and humor.

White All Around recount
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Misa
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

What can I say after reading this beautiful book is that it hurts, it really hurts to read about such an injustice, unhuman behavior and the ugliness of racism.

I can't say that I liked the story because it's not about this when it comes to such books, no. This book is a reminder for those who forgot what was it like to live in such a world where you see awful things done to people and you can't do nothing and
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Misa
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

What can I say after reading this beautiful book is that it hurts, it really hurts to read about such an injustice, unhuman behavior and the ugliness of racism.

I can't say that I liked the story because it's not about this when it comes to such books, no. This book is a reminder for those who forgot what was it like to live in such a world where you see awful things done to people and you can't do nothing and
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Chelsey
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The artwork in this was absolutely beautiful. The author did a wonderful job of fitting a lot of information into a short and concise graphic novel. I do wish the characters had been given a little more depth, but I also realize you can only fit so much into something this length. Nevertheless, it got me interested and I would love a novel-length version! The story was lovely and heartbreaking and a good snapshot of pre-Civil War America. I appreciated the info given at the beginning about Nat T ...more
Strange Fish
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free E-ARC of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CW: racism, gun violence, discrimination, violence

The book is based on a true story of a school set up In Canterbury in 1832 for African American girls three decades before abolition. However it does contain a few fictional elements. I liked the story though it meandered at some points and at times had a few too
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Amanda
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley and Europe Publishing for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is such an important (and true!) story that got to be told in such an amazing way. The artwork was the best I have ever seen in a graphic novel. The story was so important too. All I can really say is that you should go pick if you want to learn more about the injustices that black people have faced in America.

I'm honestly speechless at the end of this it was so good.
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Eloise
I love seeing small stories that fit into History we don't know much about.
This part of history was so impactful for a large community and allowed so much change to be born from it.

It was great to learn about, but I also got attached to this group of young girls wanting to learn and simply live.
I hope stories like this will continue to be brought to page and screen and minds.

I do however think it important to note that this graphic novel was written and illustrated by two white Frenchmen.
As much
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Beatriz Sousa
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Giovanna
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not only was the artwork beautiful, but the graphic novel had the perfect balance of how much text to include to keep me interested in the story. The foreword and afterword were also great inclusions. They helped put the story into perspective that this was a true event in history. I highly recommend picking this one up!
Ashley
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
White All Around by Wilfrid Lupano is a beautifully illustrated story about an underappreciated part of American History. Unfortunately, it is also lacking in its historical accuracy, cultural presentation, and general plotline. Although the graphic novel clearly demonstrates how racism still affected Black people in America in a Northern "Free" World, it's message is muddled by a magical subplot.

The strength of this story, outside its lovely artistic renderings, is certainly in the characters
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Rachel
There are events and perspectives in American history that are ignored, and the Canterbury Female Boarding School in Connecticut is one of them. Prudence Crandall opened the doors of her school to Black women in 1832, and the “good people” of Canterbury became undone. This French import fictionalizes what happens in third person, although readers spend most of the time with Miss Crandall and her students as they experience the excitement of learning while undergoing horrendous persecution.

A youn
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Katie
What a fantastic story! It tells about a piece of history that I had known nothing about, but wish I had. The history of race relations in the US is often glossed over in our history classes, to the detriment of students. The Prudence Crandall School is something that we should have learned about.

In addition to being a valuable book in terms of historical awareness, it's also a beautiful work. The art style is gorgeous; soft and impressionistic, with a fantastic color palette. The contrast of th
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HalKid2
NOTE: I received free access to this book through netgalley in exchange for writing an impartial review. Thank you Europe Comics. Publication Date: January 20, 2021.

I've only read a handful of graphic novels -- I read WHITE ALL AROUND in just a few hours. It tells one of those little known but remarkably interesting true stories from US history, about the Prudence Crandall School in Connecticut in 1832 when the headmistress decided to admit students of color. Naturally, lots of trouble followed
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HalKid2
NOTE: I received free access to this book through netgalley in exchange for writing an impartial review. Thank you Europe Comics. Publication Date: January 20, 2021.

I've only read a handful of graphic novels -- I read WHITE ALL AROUND in just a few hours. It tells one of those little known but remarkably interesting true stories from US history, about the Prudence Crandall School in Connecticut in 1832 when the headmistress decided to admit students of color. Naturally, lots of trouble followed
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Merve Yazicioglu
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

"White All Around" follows the story of Prudence and her school Prudence Crandall School. Before reading this, I have never heard of the story of Prudence and her school but this was such a well written graphic novel. The story was so captivating that I could not put the book down until I made it to the last page. There were subplots but the main focus is on the Black students, who have to fight against the prejudiced racist population, who also
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Tereza
A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley.

The positive thing about this book is that it focuses on an important issue - the education of young black women in 19th century USA. Unfortunately, it felt a little bit too white-savioury since most of the focus was put on the story and struggle of the white school owner and teacher. I understand that this reflects the historical reality but I think that our time and age needs these types of stories to be told from a different angle, focusing
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Caroline Barrett
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Connecticut in the 1830's, when slavery was still legal in the southern states. Although people of colour were "free" in the north, they did not enjoy the same rights as whites.

This beautiful illustrated story tells the true story of a white girls school where the owner decides to close her doors to white girls and start educating black and mixed race girls.

As other reviews have said, a large part of the story focuses on the white owner's story, when it would have been interesting to hav
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Wilfrid Lupano was born in Nantes in 1971, but it was in Pau that he would spend the majority of his childhood. His was a childhood spent buried in his parents’ comic book collection, even if his wild imagination and interest in writing is due above all to his love for role-playing games. As a young
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