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In this wildly entertaining fantasy debut we meet Broxo, the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians who once occupied a now-desolate mountain. All alone in the world, Broxo spends his time on the mountain hunting and avoiding the man-eating walking dead that periodically drag themselves out of a fetid lake.

Everything changes when Zora, a foreign princess, arrives on the mountain seeking Broxo's lost tribe. Can the two young warriors ...

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In this wildly entertaining fantasy debut we meet Broxo, the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians who once occupied a now-desolate mountain. All alone in the world, Broxo spends his time on the mountain hunting and avoiding the man-eating walking dead that periodically drag themselves out of a fetid lake.

Everything changes when Zora, a foreign princess, arrives on the mountain seeking Broxo's lost tribe. Can the two young warriors together defeat the living dead?

With accessible and beautiful art, killer fight scenes, and a story that mixes humor, romance, and classic high fantasy, Broxo is a tale you're sure to enoy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A sort of Games of Thrones for the younger set, this epic adventure is filled with battles, swords, and ancestors showing up as ghosts and zombies. Brave and reckless, Princess Zora hopes to prove herself to her family by seeking out the isolated Peryton Clan. All she finds atop the clan’s peak, however, is a wild boy named Broxo. Joining forces, and helped by Broxo’s enormous white beast, Migo, they risk life and limb to solve the mystery of the Perytons. Giallongo’s artwork is gorgeous, filled with rich colors that capture the wildness of the mountain. He gives even the faces of passing animals complex emotions. The strength of the story is the developing friendship between Broxo and Zora. Other parts of the narrative can be confusing, especially a series of flashbacks and a curse, the motivation of which is difficult to understand. Giallongo’s striking illustrations and beautiful production values more than make up for these weaknesses, resulting in a stirring fantasy adventure. Ages 10–up. (Oct.)
VOYA - Rebecca O'Neil
Zora, a tough young princess, has traveled far to be disappointed: the desolate Peryton Peak is abandoned and no longer home to the clan she seeks. The only inhabitant she meets is Broxo, a scruffy, gap-toothed boy who calls himself the king, speaks in broken English, and hunts with his oversize pet, Migo—all the while avoiding the "creepers," walking dead who rise out of the nearby lake. When Zora accidentally awakens the zombies, she and Broxo are rescued by Ulith, a reclusive witch with bad blood between her and the vanished Perytons. Between Zora's questions and Broxo's dream flashbacks, the frightening fate of the lost clan begins to emerge. Giallongo's first graphic novel offers a wilderness setting, hybridized monsters, young heroes on a quest, and an intrepid female heroine—comparisons to Jeff Smith's Bone series are inevitable. Broxo, like Bone, provides action-packed battle scenes, wry one-liners, and innocent romance alongside darker questions. How can children live safely among monsters? What if the people threatening you are also your dead loved ones? Color and weather are used very well to convey atmosphere and time shifts, from the drab grays and olives of Broxo's home to the sepia tones of his memories. Though the most graphic violence happens in silhouette, wounds draw real blood, and the skeletal, decaying zombies are frighteningly realistic. The ending feels rushed compared to the amount of information revealed, but school and public libraries will want to stock this for their middle school zombie fans. Reviewer: Rebecca O'Neil
Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
In a fantasy world filled with unfamiliar animals and zombies, a girl is looking for a lost tribe. She soon meets a boy who claims to be a king. These two characters then find themselves bound together in a quest to save a cursed people. Giallongo is a strong new voice in graphic novels. His illustrations are lushly colored and filled with unique creatures and beautiful landscapes. With a sensibility reminiscent of Doug TenNapel, Giallongo creates a whole new world which begs the reader to examine every panel. Each chapter begins with a stunning full-spread illustration, and the figures therein are expressively drawn with clean lines and a unique accessibility. Readers will wish they had an animal like the one named Zora in their own lives. Unfortunately, though the characters, the world, and the illustrations are strong, the storytelling leaves something to be desired. The introduction to this unfamiliar world is muddy and vague, leaving the reader distracted by confusion about what exactly is going on. Although there are elements of brilliance here, the coalescence is immature. This is still a strong offering and a worthy purchase, but hold out on large numbers until Giallongo's next venture. Reviewer: Raina Sedore
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Princess Zora meets Broxo on her quest to locate the lost Peryton Clan. Broxo, who has no memory of his past or his origins, and his giant beast friend, Migo, live alone, avoiding encounters with supposed "witch" Ulith and the zombielike "creepers." The "creepers" turn out to be Broxo's ancestors, and the frightening Ulith may be the only person who can help him bring them to the underworld. Muted browns and grays reflect the land's desolation, while the bold, cartoon illustrations enhance the story's spirit and humor. Full of quirky characters and gory sword fights with fantastic creatures, this title should appeal to Jeff Smith's "Bone" series (Scholastic) fans looking for a new graphic-novel epic to enjoy.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The ruler of a kingdom of one and a runaway princess join forces in this agreeable sword-and-sorcery graphic novel. Zora, in tattered skirt, furry boots and winged headband, is on an unauthorized mission of peace to the far-off Peryton clan, but when she gets to their mountain she finds only Broxo, in mail shirt, fur cape and earrings. Broxo is alone--and has been for years--but for Migo, a horned, catlike behemoth. The two young teens don't exactly hit it off, but Broxo takes pity on the lost princess, and besides, he seems happy for the company. The blasted landscape is also home to Ulith, an inscrutable, sometimes helpful witch; Gloth, a maned, wolflike monster; and the creepers, terrifying zombielike things that have a closer relationship to Broxo than he realizes. Giallongo's glossy panels are dominated by swampy grays, browns and greens, shifting in palette and clarity subtly to signify scene changes and flashbacks. Zora and Broxo have considerable chemistry, often-acerbic banter giving way to more intimate, heartfelt exchanges. Their adventures are well-paced, balancing humor with terror and continually ratcheting up the stakes toward a bloody, mythic climax. The story borrows freely from familiar fantasy and adventure tropes, but it is far from derivative, delivering both action and emotional depth with assurance. By the end, both characters and readers have had a workout; the latter will hope for more. (Graphic fantasy. 10 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596435513
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 771,447
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Zack Giallongo was born and raised in Massachusetts, although one half of his family lives in Indiana. Between New England and the Midwest, he's a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. He currently lives with two cats and enjoys playing the banjo. He also likes cheese, bowling, and writing in the third person. Broxo is his first graphic novel.

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Reading Group Guide

Broxo is a graphic novel, a story told in words and pictures. How do you think this story would be told differently if it were just pictures or just words?

Zora and Broxo are both separated from their families. Zora ran away from hers after her mother's death, and Broxo's family disappeared along with the rest of their clan. How do you think these experiences are similar or different for the two of them? What are the different ways that the two characters deal with loss?

Broxo lives alone in a dangerous place, but he explains to Zora, "There's no danger if you're careful." What do you think of his philosophy?

The Peryton clan believes in the Great Stag, who leads spirits to the underworld. Does this remind you of any religious or spiritual traditions you've learned about?

Broxo trusts Ulith to help him and Zora summon the Stag, even though no one else trusted her. She both helps them and betrays them. Should he have trusted her? Is it ever too late for someone to change?

In Peryton, things are not as they appear. What appears to be a terrifying snow beast is Broxo's friendly pet Migo, and Broxo himself is smarter than he seems at first. What lessons does Zora learn about first impressions?

Many of the characters in Broxo are outsiders, and the Peryton clan was notoriously unwelcoming. What damage does it cause to someone to be made an outsider? How does excluding outsiders strengthen or weaken a group?

Ulith tells Zora, "You may be a princess in your land, but you're nothing in mine," yet Zora continues to act like a princess for much of the story. Broxo, too, keeps his title of king, even though he's the only one left. Do you think adhering to status is admirable?

How would you characterize the conclusion of the story? Broxo cannot bring his people back, but he does manage to free them. Is this a happy ending?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    The reason I picked Broxo up in my library was due to the art st

    The reason I picked Broxo up in my library was due to the art style. It's wonderful with it's somewhat rough lines, attention to detail,
     and fits the story nicely. The main character is charming and and the story line builds to keep you hooked and wanting more!  I was
    disappointed when I reached the end and am hoping very hard for a sequel. If you're looking to get it for younger kids, like 5-8, you may 
    want to hold off a bit (but do keep it in mind for later) as there are two curse words, but this is only when the characters are under great 
    stress and show you just how much trouble they are going through. It's character development if anything. (plus, you could still buy the
    book and let them read but just sit and explain to them that they shouldn't use those words willy-nilly) If your looking at a book for 11 or 12
     years and above, then pick it up! A mix of mostly Adventure, a tiny bit of romance that lends to the story, and a moral to believe and
    fight for who you are and what you love, Broxo is most definitely one you want to share with friends and family! I plan on picking up my
    own copy, I hope you do too.  

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