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The Silver Six

The Silver Six

by A. J. Lieberman, Darren Rawlings (Illustrator)

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A group of orphans on the run search for a new home among the stars.

When a group of orphans discover they have a common connection, plucky heroine Phoebe leads them in a daring escape from their orphanage to an uninhabited moon. But their idyllic paradise is shattered when the powerful corporate boss who caused the deaths of their parents sends a relentless


A group of orphans on the run search for a new home among the stars.

When a group of orphans discover they have a common connection, plucky heroine Phoebe leads them in a daring escape from their orphanage to an uninhabited moon. But their idyllic paradise is shattered when the powerful corporate boss who caused the deaths of their parents sends a relentless henchman to track them down. Now, with nowhere left to turn and tired of being on the run, these resourceful kids decide there's only one thing left to do: Fight back!

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Publishers Weekly
In a bleak and urbanized future Boston, self-sufficient 12-year-old Phoebe Hemingway’s luck runs out when she is found illegally living on her own and is placed into child welfare services. It’s been a year since her parents and 10 others died in a shuttle accident while working for Craven Industries, an unscrupulous and omnipresent energy corporation that supplies the world with power. CEO Hayden Craven has an interest in Phoebe and pursues her relentlessly after she and five other kids escape the prisonlike orphanage to an abundantly vegetated moon. The six eventually discover that their parents all died in the same shuttle explosion, which certainly wasn’t an accident, and that whatever they were involved with could bring down Craven. In their first comic for young readers, Lieberman (Harvest) and Rawlings deliver an earnest and enjoyable SF adventure, balancing thrilling action with chirpy dialogue, ably rendered in Rawlings’s Blade Runner–meets-Nickelodeon cartooning. The likeability of the characters shines through the somewhat formulaic plot, but the creators are clearly enjoying themselves, showing readers just how much can be overcome by working together. Ages 8–12. (July)
Children's Literature - Lorraine Donohue Bonzelet
Twelve-year-old orphan Phoebe banters with her witty, sometimes sarcastic robot Max throughout this entertaining science fiction graphic novel. The evil Mr. Craven, owner of Craven Mining Company, is destroying the Earth's resources for fuel. He has a particular interest in the last gift Phoebe's parents gave to her, the moon registry. He has his henchmen capture Phoebe and take her to the orphanage. She and five fellow orphans escape, and they fly to another planet. Unlike their home planet, the place they land is covered in grass, mountains and waterfalls. A microchip in the registry reveals a secret to the orphans, and Mr. Craven's thugs set out to kill them. With determination and teamwork, the children conquer fear and prepare to fight against the powerful corporation. The orphans are intelligent and resourceful. Although together they are the Silver Six, three characters dominate: Phoebe is the leader, Oliver acts as a comic co-leader, and Ian is a nerdy, scientific wiz. Rawlings' illustrations are compelling, especially the characters' facial expressions. This novel is likely to generate conversations about technology, spaceships, robots, and explosions. Looking deeper could lead to debates about greed, power, environment, energy sources, and the sacrifices the Earth must endure to mine the resources. This is recommended for sci-fi fans, techno kids, and anyone craving a hero adventure with a cool sidekick robot. Detailed illustrations and an action-filled plot may lure the reluctant reader. Reviewer: Lorraine Donohue Bonzelet
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—After Phoebe's parents are killed when their shuttle mysteriously explodes, Phoebe and her robot, Max, hide her illegal orphan status for an entire year. When she is finally discovered and sent to Child Welfare Services, she and five other orphans discover their secret connection-all of their parents were killed on the same shuttle, and they all left their children identical Moon-registry documents. The plot unfolds from there, weaving themes of friendship and teamwork into an exciting sci-fi story that will keep readers turning the pages. Rawlings's illustrations are bright, colorful, cartoony, and so appealing that they could attract readers who are not mature enough to fully appreciate this story on all of its levels. Strictly judging by the cover, one might assume that this is a story about six children having a futuristic adventure, appropriate for third or fourth graders. But in reality, the story focuses primarily on Phoebe, who is 12 and who experiences several tragically painful circumstances, so The Silver Six is actually more appropriate for a slightly older audience.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
VOYA - Jane Gov
In the future after Earth's natural resources have been depleted, citizens now live in "bubbles" and depend on Hydro-2 for their energy needs. Hydro-2 is produced by Craven Mining, a corporation led by the rapacious Mr. Craven. When a group of scientists come close to discovering an alternative energy source, they are mysteriously killed in an explosion. A year later, Phoebe, whose parents were in the explosion, finds five others in the orphanage, all of whom share that connection. Following the coordinates from their moon registries left for them by their parents, the six friends break out of the orphanage and set off to an uninhabited moon. But they encounter many obstacles during their journey, including being followed and hunted by a Craven Mining henchman. The Silver Six are smart and resourceful. They seem to have inherited the technological and scientific brilliance of their parents. Readers will find their problem-solving skills—like tinkering with robots or rockets and applying scientific logic—fascinating and fun. The pacing is quick but slows down in appropriate areas to build emotion and add sprightly banter. Though some of their luck and outcomes are a bit implausible, and the plot somewhat predictable, the story has a good balance of thrilling adventure, humor, and emotion. With clean and engaging illustrations, most graphic novel readers will find it enjoyable. Reviewer: Jane Gov
Kirkus Reviews
On a heavily polluted future Earth, a group of orphans battles to bring down the evil industrialist who killed their scientist parents. P.S., they also save the planet. The tale displays a fine disregard for internal logic but provides action and banter aplenty. It takes young Phoebe and five chance-met friends whose parents all died in the same "accident" from durance vile in an orphanage/workhouse to a somehow-hidden moonlet for adventures and then back to Boston for an explosive assault on the headquarters of archvillain Hayden Craven. Both the figures and the violence in Rawlings' easy-to-read panels are of the cartoon sort, and generous helpings of comedy--much of it provided by Phoebe's histrionic ("WE'RE GOING TO STARVE OUT HERE, PEOPLE!!") robot sidekick, Max--lighten the tone. The it's-all-good resolution leaves Craven behind bars, humanity liberated from crowded habitat domes by the discovery of a new, unspecified source of renewable power and the orphans rewarded with a spacious home on the aforementioned planetoid. Lots of excitement and comfy predictability for readers willing to go with the unlikely flow. (Graphic science fiction. 10-12)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.40(d)
GN330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years


Meet the Author

Andy Lieberman started writing at MTV Networks, where he wrote and produced for both Jon Stewart and Ted Demme. Later, he wrote numerous monthly titles for DC COMICS, including Batman, Gotham Knights, War Games, Harley Quin, and Martian Manhunter. He also cocreated Cowboy Ninja Viking, an ongoing monthly comic from Image Comics. Andy lives in Plainview, NY.

DARREN RAWLINGS graduated from the prestigious animation program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. He is the Creative Director and owner of Thinkmore Studios, an animation / motion graphic company with clients such as Warner Bros., Discovery Channel and BBC. Darren lives in Dundalk, Ontario.

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