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Water Baby

Water Baby

by Ross Campbell

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School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up -Surfer girl Brody is attacked by a shark and wakes up in the hospital to find most of one leg missing and her life changed. Brody, who is bisexual, has always been self-reliant, and while she remains tough to outsiders, her friends see her moments of weakness and despair. After she learns to walk with her artificial leg, she asks her friend Louisa (who has bisexual potential) to help drive her deadbeat, live-in ex-boyfriend Jake (who is girl-crazy) back home. Meanwhile, Brody continues to have nightmares about sharks: about her friends being attacked by one, or about becoming one herself. Brody and Louisa are black while Jake and several of his lovers are white. The artwork is well conceived, mostly realistic but blurring into the fantastic when Brody has one of her (mostly wordless) nightmares. The cover is phenomenal; the profile of the top half of Brody's body is striking enough to make most teens stare at it for a few moments longer, maybe even picking it up to see if her lower half continues on the back cover. It does, and when they see her one real leg and one artificial one, curious readers and those who love survivor stories will want to find out what happens to this unusual girl.-Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Writer and artist Campbell introduces Brody, a rude surfer chick with a bad attitude who lives and plays by her own rules. While out surfing, she falls victim to a vicious shark attack that results in the loss of her right leg. Aided by her best friend and possible love interest Louisa, she tries to adjust to life after the accident. Plagued by nightmares, Brody struggles to keep up her tough exterior and not let those around her see how much she's frightened. The two girls embark on a road trip up the East Coast to get Brody's ex-boyfriend off Louisa's couch-and out of Brody's life-once and for all. Drawn with clean lines, Campbell's trademark punky characters fumble their way through this graphic novel, trying to define themselves with no satisfactory resolution and no clear purpose. Clearly a stronger artist than writer, Campbell's clumsy plot development plods along. Trying to be edgy with its no-holds-barred dialogue, this latest offering in the Minx line misses the mark and comes off as crude and at times, offensive. (Graphic novel. YA)

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DC Comics
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 13 Years

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