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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Haley and her brother, Max, are alone after their mother's death and are sent to Wayfair Academy, a special needs boarding school. Eventually, they find family amongst other deaf children. One night the group decides to dip their toes into crime... the thrill is too much to leave behind. They soon find out that stealing from the wrong person, has its consequences. With no ...more
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Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Mad Cave Studios
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Briar's Reviews
Pantomime by Christopher Sebela is an interesting read!

I will say, I do like the fact that one of our main (and opening!) characters is deaf. I found it unique and super cool that ASL was used in the book (even if you can't see/tell exactly how they're using it - so accuracy isn't there). I haven't found many books that had characters who are hard of hearing, so I was impressed and glad I picked this book up and can share it. Add in characters who are mute and don't/can't talk and it's even more
Apr 24, 2021 rated it liked it

Pantomime tells the story of two silblings, Max and Haley, are sent to a boarding school and make friends who, just like them, are deaf or mute. They plan and succesfully execute a heist, but as usually with heist stories, bigger problems soon follow.

I didn't particularly love this, but I also didn't dislike it either. The heist story part was admittedly nothing really new, you have probably read a few books with a storyline like that. I did like the art style and the way ASL was integrated i
Alex Sarll
I suppose it's partly because I'm simply not much of a crime comics fan, but I can't help looking with a certain scepticism at the recent trend for heist yarns which just switch the demographics of the heisters around a little and consider that job done. They don't always rest there - 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank had all sorts of clever formal tricks to back up the elevator pitch of a heist by children. Here, though: the heist crew are deaf and/or mute teens. They're diverse along other axes too. Tha ...more
Trinity Casey
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars

Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publishers for approving me for this ARC. This is no way influences my thoughts or opinions

Gorgeous artwork and lovely storytelling make up this epic journey of friends who meet at a boarding school and start their own heist group.

A super quick and fun read that I think so many people will enjoy. I also love the diversity found here. And, honestly, the ending leaves just enough open-ended that it might just haunt you for a long time after fini
Shaelene (aGirlWithBookss)
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm feeling a little conflicted about this novel, there were quite a few things I enjoyed and some things I had issues with.

To get some context, this is a crime novel in which teenagers going to a private boarding school for students with disabilities- in this particular case deaf and hard of hearing & mute individuals. They decide to start stealing and soon try for bigger things and get rolled up with a crime boss who gets the teenagers to steal for him. Soon the kids are in deep and struggle t
Ije the Devourer of Books
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought this was gripping because it was so different. This is the first graphic novel that I have read which incorporates American Sign Language and focuses on a group of main characters who are deaf.

Haley and her brother Max, are sent to a boarding school for the death when their mother dies. They make friends, but when one of their group needs money, they plan and execute a robbery. The group find this thrilling and decide to carry out further robberies. It is thrilling until they rob the h
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
For all its flaws, this remains an intriguing book. First, all the main characters are teens in a boarding school for excluded children, and all sign to each other using ASL. And I don't know how other comics have handled visually portraying signing, if at all, but I really liked the way the artwork put multiple poses for the hands on the same image, and especially how the speech bubbles originated at the hand. It feels such an obvious thing to do, yet still a surprising one, and it actually mak ...more
Genevieve  Paquette
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found this in the Read Now section of Netgalley. The concept looked interesting, deaf/mute teenage thieves taking on a violent criminal. I was also interested to see how a graphic novel would illustrate ASL.
The art wasn't my favorite style, but it was consistent and suited the tone. I'm not sure how to explain it, but Pantomime was definitely a YA, and the art hammered that home.
The story was fast-paced and carefully plotted, but the twist at the end... here's the thing. Throughout the story t
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
A graphic novel with disability and LGBTQA+ representation? Yes please!!
Max and Haley are all each other has after the death of their mother. They are sent off to Wayfair Academy, a school for children with special needs. Haley is deaf and Max is mute. They find their own little family at the academy, and decide to break into a campus building to retrieve some confiscated items. When their petty crime goes off without a hitch, they decide they want more.
This is such a cool graphic novel. I enj
Bernie Gourley
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an “Ocean’s Eleven”-style heist team-up story but with the notable twist of it being a group of teenagers who are students at an academy for the deaf. That’s not the only variation on the basic premise, there is also something off about the lead character, Haley, that is gradually revealed over the course of the volume. A blurb-advertised novelty of the book is that it features American Sign Language. Without the element of time / movement, mostly what this does is serve as a reminder th ...more
David Gibson
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
The short version: A well-crafted, taut heist tale with a group of special needs kids that keeps the pages turning.

The long version: Pantomime is hit for sure. There are a lot of heist stories out there, but this one definitely adds a few new wrinkles by making the crew a group of children with disabilities (deaf, selective mutism). The pacing in this graphic novel is excellent and the story keeps you turning the pages. The characters are well developed and for the most part their arcs both mak
CatNip S
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
My age rating for this book is on my blog😊

This was definitely a graphic novel like any other that I've read before! I really loved almost everything about it. The fact that this was a graphic novel that included signing was something that I never really thought could've existed and I love the way it was presented. Plus, I've always loved books and movies that have to do with heists and tricks, which was definitely right up my alley in terms of the premise. I just ate up this book in less than a
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If anybody should talk about physical disability representation, it's here. Maybe not aspirational but power fantasies about taking advantage of being underestimated is always a plus. The kids path to burglary just feels so organic with how it starts small and eventually becomes bigger. There's a thrill to what they do, with no one the wiser. Of course, there's a genuine sense of addiction that can come in hobbies readers themselves find in, one where it becomes a lifestyle on adrenaline depende ...more
Bill Cass
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Pantomime is a truly interesting idea. We have a story revolving around a group of kids who need to rely on sign language to communicate (as in they're deaf or unable to speak) and they just happen to be very skilled at being thieves.

This graphic novel captivated me because it's a truly unique idea. It gave off vibes of Robert Kirkman's Thief of Thieves while still being it's own thing.

This felt like a one off graphic novel but I would much rather have a slightly longer one told in two or three
Katie (BooksRUs)
Thanks to Edelweiss+ for an eARC. Haley and brother Max go to Wayfair Academy after their mother dies. Their first day there, they meet the people who would be their ride or die chosen family. After one of their friends' phone gets taken by a teacher, the group decides to get it back. In doing so, they get a taste for a life that leaves none of them the same. I love how intense this book is. There are stakes in every chapter, on every page. The colors on the pages are intense, usually dark as mo ...more
May 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Pantomime by Sebela, Stoll & Kelly is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in late April.

Ahh, cool - many of the young characters of this comic are Deaf, so visual ASL is used to speak while online journal entries serve as narration. These kids/teens become involved in gradually larger scale thefts until their jobs become noticed, then the stakes get higher and are directed by adults who force them into their employ. Feeling trapped and defeated, they try to escape the adults’ clutches and c
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an eARC copy of this title in return for an honest review.

This was a really good read! I enjoyed the story line and how non-ASL speakers did not have actual lines unless they were interpreted. I found it a great way to show what it feels like to be in the deaf community.

I was also glad it had more involved in the story with interesting family dynamics and what it is like to have a found family.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes heist thrillers. T
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for a review.

Started reading the comic and was halfway through it but since I didn't download it to my phone or laptop, I couldn't finish it because it was archived. Not sure of the season.

Anyway, half of what I read was a little dry but readable. The school was quite strange but the diverse kids were fantastic. I wish I could have finish it.
Dame Samara
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Unique. Beautiful. Fun.

This was an incredibly fun romp, with incredibly interesting and diverse characters. The plot is fairly standard for a heist piece, but was fun none the less.

It was unique in the fact that the Language canonically spoken was Sign-Language. Spoken Language being depicted as what equivalents to static. Which really helped to immerse the reader into the story they are reading.
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What happens when the Mafia meets a group of deaf teenagers? a lot of nefarious crime and adventure. Pantomime is a terrific tale of loss, family and the bonds that hold us together and tear us apart.
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Pantomime tells the story of a group of deaf friends (yay inclusion!) who attend a boarding school and organize a heist when one of their own needs money. Overall I thought the story was interesting in theory and the use of ASL was very cool, but ultimately my interest wasn't held. Everything was so dark and dreary. Not the worst plot I've ever read, but it didn't really leave me wanting more.

I was provided this book to read in exchange for an honest opinion. I'd like to thank Net Galley and pub
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