Monday, May 30, 2016

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson - ADVISABLE

Stevenson, Noelle Nimona GRAPHIC NOVEL, 266 pgs. Harper Collins Publishers, 2015. $12.99. Language: PG ( 5 swears 0 fs); Mature Content: PG13 (crude references); Violence: PG13. 

Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain without a sidekick.  He didn’t think he needed one, but a young girl named Nimona shows up and insists he needs her.  She’s a shapeshifter, and can change at will into almost anything.  But Blackheart is concerned with her level of violence (she kills often and easily) and she’s always ready to cause mischief and mayhem.  But when they uncover an evil plan by the institution (championed by Ambrosius Goldenloin), Lord Blackheart and Nimona must turn the tables and be the good guys.  

This novelization of the award winning web comic is irreverent and exciting.  A mix of magic and science, it’s both fantasy and science fiction, set in a time that is both medieval and futuristic.  Some of the humor may go over the middle schooler heads, but overall, it would make a good addition to your graphic novel collection. 

MS, HS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian

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