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Holly Black and Ted Naifeh weave another masterful mix of fantasy and the unexpected.

After biding their time, the faeries have taken control of the human world. The fey and mortals might not be such good neighbors after all.

Rue's world is fragmenting. The fey have taken over her city, and now the humans must share. Her grandfather is gone. Her faerie mother is triumphant. Her human father is despondent. And...

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Overview


Holly Black and Ted Naifeh weave another masterful mix of fantasy and the unexpected.

After biding their time, the faeries have taken control of the human world. The fey and mortals might not be such good neighbors after all.

Rue's world is fragmenting. The fey have taken over her city, and now the humans must share. Her grandfather is gone. Her faerie mother is triumphant. Her human father is despondent. And her boyfriend? He would rather be eaten alive by mergirls than be with Rue.
Tension between the humans and faeries is growing, and Rue feels pulled in both directions. In some ways, she feels like her place is in the human world-with her friends, her father, and the humans who want to protect themselves. But then there's her fey half-with her beautiful, dangerous mother, the faeries, and her kinship with the natural world. Can Rue fix the rift between the fey and the humans? Or does she have the courage to continue her grandfather's interrupted plan?

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Praise for The Good Neighbors:

“Black does a wonderful job of weaving an alien faerie world through Rue's urban landscape, and Naifeh's art, rich with shadows, is expressive and angular and pulls the reader into the story.” – Booklist

“Searing and exceptionally well-written.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[Black] skillfully blends the mystical elements with a murder mystery, family drama, and a bit of ever-popular teen angst. Black also does not shy away from the darker aspects of faerie legend, which gives the story a nicely unsettling aspect at all times.” – www.BrokenFrontier.com

“Ted's knack for misfit characters with a dose of humor is a perfect fit with Holly's vision of the faerie world. And I don't throw words like 'perfect' around lightly.” – www.The-Trades.com

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
This series is based on the fact that Rue thought she was human and then learns that she is part faery. She also must reconcile to the fact that her grandfather, Aubry, wants very much to take over the town. Of course, this presents a big conflict within Rue as she needs to decide who she will side with. Living with the new knowledge is difficult for her. Finding out your parents are not who you thought they were is just awful. Man and faery are building toward war and her mother is ruling the faery world. She has to go with her mother, or complete what her grandfather started before he died. Fortunately Rue was able to get protection for her friends, but everyone else is in grave danger. This book is well written; however, it is dark. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful and make the book even more exciting. The text is written in graphic novel style which is a favorite of mine, as it is great for the reluctant reader, and anyone who likes comics. Even though the reader can figure out what is going on, it is best to read this series in order. Rue learns to both understand and like herself Readers will walk away feeling satisfied. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This final volume in the trilogy benefits from improved pacing and clarity over the first two volumes. Rue, a teenage human/faerie hybrid, must work to control the chaos that has resulted from the emergence of the faerie world into her home town. Her unique biology places her in the middle of the conflict between the two worlds and their respective leaders: Rue's faerie mother and her father's human lover. Rue herself must choose which side to join, a decision that will also determine her choice of paramour. The gray-tone art is evocative, and the occasional spreads add weight and drama to the events. Unfortunately, as with the first two books, characters are rendered inconsistently, and it is often difficult to tell them apart; Rue and her love interest, Tam, are practically indistinguishable. The characters also lack depth, and their actions are low on the believability scale, but these factors will not likely deter Black's many fans, or those who appreciate contemporary fantasy, in particular, readers who love supernatural romance and drama. A satisfactory end to the trilogy.—Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439855679
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Good Neighbors Series , #3
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 590,869
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of the bestselling series The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Good Neighbors graphic novels, and the novels Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. She currently lives in the realm of Western Massachusetts.

Ted Naifeh is the author and illustrator of many acclaimed graphic novels, including Polly and the Pirates, Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, and Courtney Crumrin Tales: Portrait of the Warlock as a Young Man. He has also illustrated the popular Death Jr. and Gloomcookie series.

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