City of Light, City of Dark

City of Light, City of Dark


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ISBN-13: 9780545398800
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 335,787
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Avi's work spans nearly every genre and has received nearly every major prize, including the Newbery Medal for Crispin: The Cross of Lead and Newbery Honors for Nothing But the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Avi lives in Colorado. You can learn more about him online at

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Medal-winning book Locomotive. He also wrote and illustrated Lightship and Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, both Sibert Honor Books, and illustrated Avi's Poppy Stories series as well as Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, also a Sibert Honor Book. Brian grew up in Texas and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find him online at

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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City of Light, City of Dark 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
stephmo on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is really a graphic novel aimed at children. Still, Ari's black and white story stands out on many levels - first, it's a diverse comic, utilizing both Spanish and English throughout the book. Secondly, Avi treats the backstory as a book by actually using traditional prose pages to describe the Kurbs deal with humanity.The story itself is the stuff firmly aimed at the tweener set. The Kurbs are the true owners of Manhattan, having only agreed to give it to the humans if the ritual of power trading on the 21st of December - a the present time, POWER has taken the form of a common subway token. It may sound convoluted, but it comes down to a single human woman that passes her power onto her daughter through each generation - which is how we get to Sarah and our story. Of course, Sarah has no idea that she is in line for this power as she thinks her mother is dead, a secret her father has had good reason to have kept hidden from her all these years...It's a quick read and things are resolved and revealed rather quickly. Considering the intended audience, though, that's probably exactly right!
anneofia on LibraryThing 7 months ago
What a great introduction to science fiction this graphic novel is for younger kids beginning to read comics. It's simply written, and on a grade school level, but by an author who knows how to use good grammar and keep the plot interesting nevertheless. The illustrations and the storyline work really well together. Classic literature it is not, but it's a rousing good story!
relientkatie on LibraryThing 10 months ago
When Carlos picks up a subway token from the sidewalk outside of his house, he has no idea that he¿s become entrenched in a battle between Thor Upton, who desires to use the power of the token for his own selfish purposes, and Asterel, who must return the token to its rightful place before the entire city is plunged into eternal winter.I felt like the story moved a little too quickly, and I didn't have time to fully understand the main characters' motivations. (It also didn't help that my copy was missing a page.) But it was a very exciting adventure story, and the premise was really unusual and interesting. I'd recommend it for kids ages 10-14.
SavannahAntol More than 1 year ago
This was a awesome book!!! I loved every minute of it, It was just like being in another time. I would seriously tell anyone to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book 4 science fiction and comic book readers. It is full of adventure and very good illustration. The book is about a girl and a token that can save the city but a blind guy wants it. The girl ends up finding her mother after they were seperated 11 years ago. They end up returning the token and saving New York City from freezing over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a very good book 4 science fiction and comic book readers. it is full of adventure and very good ilistration. the book is about a girl and a token that can save the city but a blind guy wants it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'City of Light,City of Dark' is by far the best book I have ever read by Avi. I wouldn't call it a modern-day myth. It is a fantasy,through and through. The characters,from the ever-persistent Asterel to the dark Mr. Underton were great. If you want a good read,read this book!