August Moon

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The townspeople of Calico believe in the legend of the Soul Fire - orbs of light dancing through the night sky, believed to be the souls of dead ancestors watching over the town. But when eleven-year-old Fiona Gan comes to town with her dad, she learns the amazing truth: these "fireballs" are actually the light from lanterns carried by mysterious rabbit-like creatures as they leap across rooftops! Leaping with them is the peculiar street boy Jaden, who rarely speaks and claims to come from the moon. But the games...
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Overview

The townspeople of Calico believe in the legend of the Soul Fire - orbs of light dancing through the night sky, believed to be the souls of dead ancestors watching over the town. But when eleven-year-old Fiona Gan comes to town with her dad, she learns the amazing truth: these "fireballs" are actually the light from lanterns carried by mysterious rabbit-like creatures as they leap across rooftops! Leaping with them is the peculiar street boy Jaden, who rarely speaks and claims to come from the moon. But the games may be coming to an end, because Fi and her dad are not the only newcomers to Calico... when a creepy corporation starts bulldozing the nearby forests, she finds herself uncovering a whole world of secrets, and drawn into Jaden's battle for the soul of a community.
Diana Thung's debut Top Shelf graphic novel is a true adventure, rooted in the diverse local traditions of Asian festival culture, with a modern sensibility and a hint of magic.
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Gr 9 Up—Visitors have arrived in the idyllic, isolated town of Calico. Corporate businessmen are attempting to bulldoze the forests, and Fi is visiting with her scientist father, who is there to investigate a mysterious rabbitlike creature native to the town. Fi, withdrawn since her mother's death, and distanced from her clinical, logical father, begins to open up when she makes friends with Jaden, a mysterious boy who claims to be from the Moon. The surreal tone and fantasy creatures recall Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, but simple black-and-white drawings in an expressive cartoon style give the comic more of a quirky, indie feel. The whimsical creatures and spirited young characters will appeal to children, but the dynamic action scenes (which include some gun violence) and themes of community activism, environmental devastation, and the limits of rationality make it more suitable for older teens and adults. A worthy addition.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603090698
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,430,159
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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