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Re-Gifters (Minx series)

Mike Carey, Sonny Llew, Marc Hempel

Titan Books, 2007

ISBN: 9781845765798

Paperback 6.99 [pounds sterling]

The Plain Janes (Minx series)

Cecil Castellucci, Jim Rugg

Titan Books, 2007

ISBN: 9781845765514

Paperback 6.99 [pounds sterling]

Adolescent, reluctant, female readers? Minx is a new series of stand-alone graphic novels--for teenage girls. Promising 'edgy and evocative plotlines' (Titan press release), these graphic novels have strong feisty female protagonists, surrounded by a supporting cast which includes stern parents, the socialite peer, the love interest and the close knit circle of friends.

Both novels are a foray into the world of teen angst and adolescent misadventures. In ReGifters, Dixie is a hot headed young Korean student, into martial arts. Dixie has lost her 'ki'; she's too distracted by Adam, the good-looking star of her Hapkido school. She uses the money that was for the Hapkido tournament to buy her unrequited love an expensive statue of an ancient warrior for his birthday--the object that becomes its own subplot as the 'regift'. And somehow she's got to fight in the matches or risk losing honour for her family.

The Plain Janes concerns Jane, an equally hot headed but lovable character, who is forced to move from the vibrant Metro City to bland suburbia. Jane thinks her life is over. To counter her sense of isolation, Jane creates her own clique--the Plain Janes. Plain Janes is a coming-of-age story, centred on a group of misfits who create a secret society, P.L.A.I.N. (People Loving Art in Neighbourhoods), as a means of self-expression.

There is a health warning with these graphic novels. Don't think that they will be a breeze to use as a teaching resource. The reading strategies needed to unpick these stories are not that straightforward. Apart from the radial reading required to navigate your way around the pages and the strategies needed to synchronise words and pictures, the voice in the text takes time to locate. Then there are the different rules which will need to be established so that the reader can differentiate between thought processes, asides and speech bubbles. So this complex mix requires work on the part of the reader. If I was a reluctant reader? I might just think this was too much like hard work.
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Title Annotation:The Plain Janes
Author:Bulbeck, Helen
Publication:NATE Classroom
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Date:Sep 22, 2007
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