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Manu



written and illustrated by
Kelly Fernández

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Graphix
ISBN
9781338264197
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Set at a magical school for girls, a funny and heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel adventure about friendship, defying expectations, and finding your place.

Manu and her best friend, Josefina, live at a magical school for girls, and Manu is always getting into trouble. The headmistress believes that Manu has the potential to help people with her magic, but Manu would rather have fun than fall in line. One day, a prank goes seriously wrong, and Josefina gets angry and wishes for Manu's magic to disappear... and it does. Manu uses a dangerous spell to restore it, but it makes her magic too powerful and nearly impossible to control. Great power comes at a cost, and it may be a price that Manu isn't able to pay!

“Alumnas de secundaria.” Map of Santa Dominga. Author’s note. Sketches. Full-color illustrations. 

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Social Issue: Cult/Occult

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

192

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

2.5: points 1

Lexile

GN200L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2022

Book Genres

Graphic Novels

Topics

Brujería. Friendship. Schools. Folklore. Dominican Republic. Santa Dominga. Witches. Action and adventure. Fantasy and magic.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Was she abandoned on a doorstep by an ogre? Or maybe she was raised by wolves in the mountains. Perhaps one day the ground opened up and she emerged-almost everyone at La Academia de Santa Dominga, a school for girls with magic abilities, wonders about Manu's origins. Her magic is far more powerful than that of the other students, and that, combined with her propensity for mischief, lands her in trouble with the Catholic nuns who run the school. When Manu's magic starts malfunctioning, Sister Noela wonders if the saints are intervening to prevent the wild child from using her powers. Eager to prove she isn't the sinister creature that so many believe her to be, Manu turns to an unorthodox solution that may have disastrous consequences. While Manu may be an outcast, she has firm friends; the obedient, studious Josefina and Mother Dolores, the nun who brought her to the school, stick by her despite her missteps, and Fernández conveys these relationships with warmth and tenderness-and hints that there might be more than friendship between Manu and Josefina will delight readers. Fernández's exuberant, vibrant cartoons depict a lush island setting and humorously convey the chaos Manu wreaks; as the narrative turns more serious, the palette shifts appropriately. The tale is set in the Dominican Republic; characters are Latinx and frequently mix in Spanish phrases. VERDICT Though the emphasis on magic will draw in fantasy fans, this poignant graphic novel will resonate with any reader seeking a tale of friendship conquering all.-Mahnaz Dar

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Was she abandoned on a doorstep by an ogre? Or maybe she was raised by wolves in the mountains. Perhaps one day the ground opened up and she emerged-almost everyone at La Academia de Santa Dominga, a school for girls with magic abilities, wonders about Manu's origins. Her magic is far more powerful than that of the other students, and that, combined with her propensity for mischief, lands her in trouble with the Catholic nuns who run the school. When Manu's magic starts malfunctioning, Sister Noela wonders if the saints are intervening to prevent the wild child from using her powers. Eager to prove she isn't the sinister creature that so many believe her to be, Manu turns to an unorthodox solution that may have disastrous consequences. While Manu may be an outcast, she has firm friends; the obedient, studious Josefina and Mother Dolores, the nun who brought her to the school, stick by her despite her missteps, and Fernández conveys these relationships with warmth and tenderness-and hints that there might be more than friendship between Manu and Josefina will delight readers. Fernández's exuberant, vibrant cartoons depict a lush island setting and humorously convey the chaos Manu wreaks; as the narrative turns more serious, the palette shifts appropriately. The tale is set in the Dominican Republic; characters are Latinx and frequently mix in Spanish phrases. VERDICT Though the emphasis on magic will draw in fantasy fans, this poignant graphic novel will resonate with any reader seeking a tale of friendship conquering all.-Mahnaz Dar

Grades 5-8
Graphic Novels Middle Plus
For Grades 5-8

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