City of Light, City of Dark

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Avi's ground-breaking graphic novel gets a stunning new cover to celebrate its twentieth anniversary!

Two kids fight to save their city from eternal winter in this gripping fantasy by Newbery Medalist Avi, illustrated by three-time Sibert Honoree Brian Floca.

"To begin with--there were these KURBS. These Kurbs owned an Island...with their POWER they controlled both day and night...Years ago, when People first came to the Kurbs' Island, they ...

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Overview


Avi's ground-breaking graphic novel gets a stunning new cover to celebrate its twentieth anniversary!

Two kids fight to save their city from eternal winter in this gripping fantasy by Newbery Medalist Avi, illustrated by three-time Sibert Honoree Brian Floca.

"To begin with--there were these KURBS. These Kurbs owned an Island...with their POWER they controlled both day and night...Years ago, when People first came to the Kurbs' Island, they wanted to build themselves a City."

The Kurbs give people light and warmth to establish a city, on one condition: The people must return the Power every year or risk losing the city--forever. This system works for centuries until evil Mr. Underton tries to steal the Power. If he succeeds, the Kurbs will take back the City, reducing it to a dark and frozen tundra. It's up to Carlos and Sarah to find the Power--housed in a subway token--and keep the City safe, despite secrets of Sarah's history that are entwined with the token. What ensues is a race against darkness. A race against the lies of the past. And most of all, a race against time.

Asterel races against time to locate a token which will prevent the Kurbs from freezing the city.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of the most versatile YA novelists of the day teams up with first-time illustrator Floca to produce first-rate science fiction in comic-book form. After outlining an altered version of New York City's history, the elaborately plotted saga shows how, through courage and cunning, two preteens, Carlos and Estella, and Estella's clairvoyant mother thwart a power-hungry villain and thereby prevent Manhattan from turning to ice. Against backdrops of neon lights, circling pigeons, abandoned subway stations and storefronts, Avi and Floca dynamically convey a timeless tale of good versus evil. Brilliantly parodying the superhero cartoons of old, this myth conceived in the same spirit as Who Was That Masked Man Anyway? is sure to be a hit with reluctant and advanced readers alike. Ages 9-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Here is a science fiction novel by the popular author Avi in an intriguing format. The whole novel is told in comic strip form! It is a tale and a format that will appeal even to a reluctant reader.
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Praise for City of Light, City of Dark

A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year
A New York Public Library, Books for the Teen Age
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

*". . . Avi and Floca dynamically convey a timeless tale of good versus evil. Brilliantly parodying the superhero cartoons of old, this . . . is sure to be a hit with reluctant readers and advanced readers alike."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"It's a great story, full of characters facing Dickensian moral dilemmas and Vernian grand adventures, a villain one can hiss, and a fantastic flight over and through the City . . . an urban fantasy for middle-school readers who enjoy the 'what ifs' of imagination."--VOYA, starred review

"Avi delivers a fast-paced adventure that ably mixes fantasy with urban reality. Floca's simple but expressive illustrations capture both the magic and the grit of New York City."--San Francisco Chronicle

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
The graphic novel, as evidenced by Avi’s book which weighs in at 186 pages, has come into its own. In an island city, the Kurbs rule. They hide the source of power and light in a small object every year at the summer solstice. If a designated seeker does not find it by the winter solstice, the fading days dim to everlasting night. This ritual is repeated annually, uninterrupted, until one year when an evil man plots to capture all the power and light for himself. He sets a chain of events into motion that threatens to plunge the island into permanent darkness. Two children hold different pieces of the puzzle that will reveal the hidden location of the object and restore the sun cycle. They must each discover what the other knows and, together, untangle the mystery before the fast-approaching winter solstice arrives. Floca’s illustrations are spare and visually descriptive, making good use of the full range of expressiveness available in black and white. His images effectively support and expand on the text. The layout is varied, moving from a single image on a page to as many as ten on the page. Some of the text is in Spanish, adding to the story’s multicultural subtext. This is the old mythology of why seasons change, inventively and successfully adapted to the vernacular of youth and presented in an appealing visual format. Avi’s book would be a good addition to a middle school library as a resource on the modern retelling of ancient myths as well as a multicultural adventure story with wide appeal. Reviewer: Hazel Buys; Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531070581
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: A Comic-Book Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: NPL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.53 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Avi

Avi's work spans nearly every genre and has received nearly every major prize, including the Newbery Medal for CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD and Newbery Honors for NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH and THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado. You can visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of MOONSHOT: THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11 and LIGHTSHIP, both Sibert Honor Books. He has illustrated Avi's award-winning Poppy series and, most recently, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's BALLET FOR MARTHA: MAKING APPALACHIAN SPRING. Brian grew up in Texas and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find him online at www.brianfloca.com.

Biography

Born in Manhattan in 1937, Avi Wortis grew up in Brooklyn in a family of artists and writers. Despite his bright and inquisitive nature, he did poorly in school. After several academic failures, he was diagnosed with a writing impairment called dysgraphia which caused him to reverse letters and misspell words. The few writing and spelling skills he possessed he had gleaned from his favorite hobby, reading -- a pursuit enthusiastically encouraged in his household.

Following junior high school, Avi was assigned to a wonderful tutor whose taught him basic skills and encouraged in him a real desire to write. "Perhaps it was stubbornness," he recalled in an essay appearing on the Educational Paperback Association's website, "but from that time forward I wanted to write in some way, some form. It was the one thing everybody said I could not do."

Avi finally learned to write, and well! He attended Antioch University, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and received a master's degree in library science from Columbia in 1964. He worked as a librarian for the New York Public Library's theater collection and for Trenton State College, and taught college courses in children's literature, while continuing to write -- mostly plays -- on the side. In the 1970s, with two sons of his own, he began to craft stories for children. "[My] two boys loved to hear stories," he recalled. "We played a game in which they would give me a subject ('a glass of water') and I would have to make up the story right then. Out of that game came my first children's book, Things That Sometimes Happen." A collection of "Very Short Stories for Little Listeners," Avi's winning debut received very positive reviews. "Sounding very much like the stories that children would make up themselves," raved Kirkus Reviews, "these are daffy and nonsensical, starting and ending in odd places and going sort of nowhere in the middle. The result, however, is inevitably a sly grin."

Avi has gone on to write dozens of books for kids of all ages. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1991) and Nothing but the Truth (1992) were named Newbery Honor Books, and in 2003, he won the prestigious Newbery Medal for his 14th-century adventure tale, Crispin: The Cross of Lead. His books range from mysteries and adventure stories to historical novels and coming-of-age tales; and although there is often a strong moral core to his work, he leavens his message with appealing warmth and humor. Perhaps his philosophy is summed up best in this quote from his author profile on Scholastic's website: "I want my readers to feel, to think, sometimes to laugh. But most of all I want them to enjoy a good read."

Good To Know

In a Q&A with his publisher, Avi named Robert Louis Stevenson as one of his greatest inspirations, noting that "he epitomizes a kind of storytelling that I dearly love and still read because it is true, it has validity, and beyond all, it is an adventure."

When he's not writing, Avi enjoys photography as one of his favorite hobbies.

Avi got his unique nickname from his twin sister, Emily..

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    1. Also Known As:
      Avi Wortis (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 23, 1937
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964
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    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

    This was a awesome book!!! I loved every minute of it, It was just like being in another time. I would seriously tell anyone to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    City of Light, City of Dark

    This is a very good book 4 science fiction and comic book readers. It is full of adventure and very good illustration. The book is about a girl and a token that can save the city but a blind guy wants it. The girl ends up finding her mother after they were seperated 11 years ago. They end up returning the token and saving New York City from freezing over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    City of Light, City of Dark

    this is a very good book 4 science fiction and comic book readers. it is full of adventure and very good ilistration. the book is about a girl and a token that can save the city but a blind guy wants it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2001

    Avi At His Best

    'City of Light,City of Dark' is by far the best book I have ever read by Avi. I wouldn't call it a modern-day myth. It is a fantasy,through and through. The characters,from the ever-persistent Asterel to the dark Mr. Underton were great. If you want a good read,read this book!

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