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Kith (Good Neighbors Series #2)
     

Kith (Good Neighbors Series #2)

3.8 5
by Holly Black
 

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Rue Silver's life is not what it appears to be. Her mother is a faerie, and has been taken back to the faerie realm. As Rue goes to bring her back, she must travel deep into an inhuman world. At the same time, the faerie realm is venturing into our world too, and taking its toll on those Rue loves. When her grandfather's plans threaten Rue's city, she realizes that

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Rue Silver's life is not what it appears to be. Her mother is a faerie, and has been taken back to the faerie realm. As Rue goes to bring her back, she must travel deep into an inhuman world. At the same time, the faerie realm is venturing into our world too, and taking its toll on those Rue loves. When her grandfather's plans threaten Rue's city, she realizes that she's the only one who can stop him. But is Rue a human or a faerie? Where does she fit? How does she know the difference between love and enchantment?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Laura Lehner
Once you know things, you can't unknow them. So begins the sequel to Kin (Graphix/Scholastic, 2008/VOYA February 2009), in which Rue Silver discovers that her mother is a faery, making Rue only half-human. In this second volume of the Good Neighbors series, she is still adjusting to the powers and knowledge that she now possesses. Rue is determined to bring her mother back from the faery world to live with her, but when she goes into that realm, she learns that her grandfather is planning to take over the town she lives in and cut it off from the rest of the world, making it a faery haven. She now must not only rescue her mother and a friend who has mysteriously disappeared but also prevent an entire town from being overtaken. She is uncertain whether that is really what she wants. Will the lures of the magical faery world be too strong even for a proven if reluctant heroine? This sequel delves far more into the Faery world than the first volume, making it a very different book. It is less about the teenage relationships and the mysteries that initially engaged readers and more about the underlying supernatural—even bordering on creepy. Black's fans will be more than okay with that. Naifeh's illustrations are dark and shadowy, giving the story the feel of a horror movie. The book ends on a strange note, not so much a cliff-hanger as a last minute twist that leaves the reader wanting more. Reviewer: Laura Lehner
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–This sequel to Kin (Scholastic, 2008) answers many of the questions that were left hanging in that book. Most importantly, readers will learn what happens to Rue Silver’s plan to rescue her mother from the land of the faeries and about her grandfather’s plot against humanity, which involves transforming human sacrifices into living trees. There are several powerful scenes in which Rue’s friends are literally and figuratively seduced by faeries, with tragic consequences, but the most moving scenes involve Rue’s parents. When Rue tries to free her mother, she is faced with the painful revelation that the woman has no interest in rejoining the human world. And her father is torn between his allegiance to his wife and his emotional connection to his human lover. Readers will need to be familiar with the first book in the series in order to understand what’s going on, and there is a major cliff-hanger that should be resolved in the third volume. Unfortunately, even fans of Kin may have trouble following all of the plot points and keeping the characters straight. While Naifeh’s haunting and textured black-and-white illustrations are captivating, Kith does not live up to the promise of Kin.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439855631
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Good Neighbors Series , #2
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
918,723
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


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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Kith (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
While the art is pretty good, weird but good, the story was alright. I mean it has its moments but its an okay read.
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Black-Rose_Faerie89 More than 1 year ago
The first book was great but this one was even better. Great ending... can't wait for the next one!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Rue Silver is half faerie, half human. Her mother died, leaving Rue and her father, Thaddeus, alone. Or did she really? Rue believes her mother is still alive somewhere. Using her faerie powers, Rue travels into the world controlled by her magical grandfather and discovers her mother is still alive. Although she doesn't want to be tempted by this other world, Rue is entertained by her brief visit there. She knows she must return to keep her friends safe from her grandfather's plot to take over the city. Relationships between Rue's friends are strained, making them vulnerable prey to the powers of the faeries. Rue realizes her boyfriend, Dale, is definitely under their control, but her attempts to convince him to fight their power over him fail miserably. Even with her ability to control plants, Aubrey, her grandfather, continues his plans to make the city his. Holly Black, along with illustrator Ted Naifeh, is the creator of THE GOOD NEIGHBORS series. KITH is the second book, following KIN. Fans of Black's fantasy style will appreciate the mystical world inhabited by good and evil faeries. The twists and turns of the story are enhanced as the graphic illustrations bring the characters to life. KITH is sure to be a hit with graphic novel/manga fans everywhere.