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The Good Neighbors Vol. 1: Kin

 

by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh

Publisher: Scholastic/Graphix

Format: Hardcover, black & white, $16.99

ISBN: 978-0-439-85562-4

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—After her mother suddenly disappears, Rue Silver finds out that the woman was a faerie. Rue's father, Thaddeus, a human, is suspected of murdering her, as well as one of his students. As Rue solves these two mysteries, she also finds out more about her parents' relationship, and her own relationship with them. Willowy, brooding Rue and her Goth punk friends don't look too different from the glamorous, aloof faeries, and this sophisticated tale is well served by Naifeh's stylish, angular illustrations. This book will appeal to readers of Holly Black's fiction and fans of intelligent, otherworldly stories such as Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series (Vertigo).—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY