Monday, January 17, 2022

Pantomime by Christopher Sebela and David Stoll - HIGH

Pantomime by Christopher Sebela, illustrated by David Stoll
, 144 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Mad Cave Studios. 2021. $18

Language: PG-13 (23 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13 



Haley and her brother, Max, are sent to a special needs high school following the death of their mother. They find friends with other deaf students and band together to engage in crime. Haley finds committing crime strangely thrilling. They end up stealing from the wrong person though, and find that there are unpleasant consequences that will forever change their group. 

This book uses ASL (American Sign Language) in its illustrations, which is pretty cool. It is a dark story with flawed characters that I found difficult to root for since they are committing crime after crime. The story has enough twists that it will keep you hooked and the illustrations complement the storyline with the perfect blend of color that adds tension in the book. 

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