Eternal: Zachary's Story

Eternal: Zachary's Story

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by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Ming Doyle
     
 

Cynthia Leitich Smith’s New York Times bestseller is reimagined as a graphic novel seen through the eyes of Zachary, teenage guardian angel.

Reckless guardian angel Zachary has an unusual assignment. He’s meant to save the soul of Miranda, high-school theater wannabe turned glamorous royal vampire. Completely devoted to Miranda,

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Cynthia Leitich Smith’s New York Times bestseller is reimagined as a graphic novel seen through the eyes of Zachary, teenage guardian angel.

Reckless guardian angel Zachary has an unusual assignment. He’s meant to save the soul of Miranda, high-school theater wannabe turned glamorous royal vampire. Completely devoted to Miranda, Zachary takes his demotion to human form in stride, taking a job as the princess’s personal assistant. Of course, this means he has to balance his soul-saving efforts with planning the Master’s fast-approaching Deathday gala. Vivid illustrations by Ming Doyle elevate this darkly funny love story to a new dramatic level with bold black-and-white panels.

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Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Getting to experience a story from the view point of the hunk you drooled over should be awesome, right? Maybe not. This graphic novel depicts the same story as Smith's book Eternal—but this time, from the perspective of Miranda's Guardian Angel, Zachary. Both books describe events in which Zachary saves Miranda from danger by revealing himself, then is banished from Heaven and eventually finds himself back in her service after she has become a vampire. It is an intriguing premise, but seeing things from Zachary's perspective does not enrich the story, especially because this uses the graphic novel form. It is difficult to depict the inner thoughts of characters well in an illustrated format, and attempting to tell the story of an angel in this way makes things even more difficult. The illustrations do the story no favors, either. Doyle's drawings are awkward and stiff. The characters are drawn inconsistently, and it is not always possible to tell the secondary characters apart when you have not retained their names. This could not possibly thrill even the most rabid of fans. Reviewer: Raina Sedore
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Whereas Smith's novel Eternal (Candlewick, 2009) focuses on the character of Miranda and her introduction into the culture of the vampires, called "Eternals," this graphic-novel companion depicts the same set of events from the perspective of Zachary, Miranda's depowered guardian angel. Given this forced perspective, the plot and pacing are often confusing because they require knowledge of events that occur in the novel. That this story is formatted as a graphic novel only serves to emphasize these issues, as passages of time are often inexplicable, secondary character motivations are impossible to decipher, and backstory is nonexistent. Doyle's illustrations are the standout feature here. Her black-and-white ink work is detailed and uses shading to provide clear depth. Furthermore, the framing of each illustration helps to provide a cinematic feel, especially through the use of extreme close-up to highlight facial expressions and character reactions. Overall, this graphic novel cannot break free of its shortcomings and often seems to cram as many supernatural tropes into as few pages as possible. Purchase if students are looking for this specific title after reading the novel.—Ryan F. Paulsen, New Rochelle High School, NY

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ISBN-13:
9780763651190
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Series:
Tantalize Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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