Friday, January 21, 2011
The City of Spies by Susan Kim
Kim, Susan, City of Spies. First Second, 2010. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Pgs. 172. Language: G, Violence: G, Sexual Content: G
The year is 1942 and it’s the height of World War 2. New York City is crawling with Nazi spies. The only thing that stands in their way: Zirconium Man and his sidekick Scooter. Their artist, Evelyn. Evelyn is a young girl who draws the comics in secret, but never imagined she could be a hero, too. When her friend, Tony uncovers a deadly secret plot being carried out by Nazi spies. The two jump on the case. Danger lurks around every corner, however, and they don’t know who to trust. Will the two save the day and America?
A little boring for a superhero graphic novel, but fans of spy fiction will enjoy this book. The illustrations are fitting of the time period personified and the text matches the text well. Readers who like graphic novels, superheroes, and adventure will probably like reading this book. EL (4-6), MS. OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.