Death and Taxes (Sons of Liberty Series #2)

Death and Taxes (Sons of Liberty Series #2)

by Alexander Lagos, Joseph Lagos, Steve Walker, Oren Kramek
     
 

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Several years have passed since Graham and Brody escaped the bonds of slavery. Now, when the streets of Philadelphia erupt in violence, the two boys must decide: will they use their extraordinary abilities to aid the growing rebellion or to quell it? An ambitious, thought-provoking, and visually stunning graphic novel, Death and Taxes offers an entirely

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Several years have passed since Graham and Brody escaped the bonds of slavery. Now, when the streets of Philadelphia erupt in violence, the two boys must decide: will they use their extraordinary abilities to aid the growing rebellion or to quell it? An ambitious, thought-provoking, and visually stunning graphic novel, Death and Taxes offers an entirely new way to experience all the hope and heartbreak of America's early days.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—The authors continue their story of two African-American superpowered teens during the American Revolution. Former slaves Brody and Graham were endowed with fantastic abilities in The Sons of Liberty (Random, 2010); they have vowed not to call upon their powers again, but when riots break out in Philadelphia, Brody is determined to use them for good. Graham, on the other hand, wants to find Isabel, the girl he left behind when they escaped the plantation, and make their way to Africa. Meanwhile, the Patriots and the Tories duke it out, with villains on every side. With the exception of Brody, Graham, Isabel, and Benjamin Franklin, everyone seems to be out for themselves. This is not a tale of how the American Revolution was full of men who imagined a better future, but instead a depiction of mob violence and brutal retaliation from corrupt officials. Even Graham is morally ambiguous, more concerned about his own plans than about helping anyone else. While the tale seems to be striving toward the principle that those with power have the responsibility to use it for good, at this point in the series, the world is simply a bleak place, and one wonders why anyone would bother to help anyone else. Walker's illustrations beautifully reflect this dark tone, and teens attracted to dystopian fiction may be excited to see that style of story in a historical fantasy.—Alana Joli Abbott, formerly at James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375856686
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Series:
Sons of Liberty Series, #2
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
GN550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

ALEXANDER AND JOSEPH LAGOS are brothers. Alexander spent his 20s touring with a rock band, while Joseph took on the family woodcarving business. They are both now married with children—Alexander in Brooklyn, Joseph in Texas. Sons of Liberty #1 was their first book. Learn more at TheSonsofLibertyBook.com.

Pencils and Inks: STEVE WALKER teaches sequential art at the Art Students League. He attends several comic conventions a year, where he sells commissioned drawings of superheroes. He lives in Philadelphia.

Colors: OREN KRAMEK is a freelance graphic artist. He was born in Israel and lives in Brooklyn.

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