Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May Book of the Month

The Plain Janes: By Cecil Castellucci

Jane is caught in a bomb attack outside of a cafe in Metro City where she lives with her parents. After the attack Jane's parents decide to relocate to the "safe" suburb of Kent Waters. Jane finds a lone dandelion and an artist's sketchbook titled Art Saves after the bombing. Jane changes her image as a long-haired, frivolous blond to a much more serious girl with short black hair. Fueled by an urge not to be terrified of the world as a result of the attack, Jane gathers a group of three misfit girls from school, all whose names are Jane. Jane and her friends form a secret club called P.L.A.I.N. for "People Loving Art In Neighborhoods." The local police call the Plain Jane's work "art attacks" The art attacks include putting bubbles in the city fountain and wrapping objects on the street as Christmas packages. Their activities end up rallying the local teenagers and some adults to their cause.
I have to confess this is the first graphic novel that I've read from cover to cover. I even went on to read the sequel Janes in Love, and I liked that equally as well. Come in and check these out. You won't be disappointed!

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