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Mercury

By: Hope Larson

Tara is forced to move in with her cousins after her house burns down. She faces a difficult adjustment while her mother is away trying to earn money. Interwoven with this story is that of Tara's ancestors, who in 1859 were convinced by a mysterious stranger to put all their money into searching their property for gold. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781416935858

JLG Release: Jan 2010


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Family history , Canada , Gold prospecting , Mysterious visitors , Changing schools

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Awards & Honors

2011 ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Fiction; Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth, 2010; Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Books for Teens

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

In this graphic novel, a search for gold leads to devastation for one family and potential salvation for its descendants. Intriguing linked tales alternate focus between Josey, who lives on a farm in Nova Scotia in 1859, and Tara, who inhabits the same land in 2009. Larson flips gracefully back and forth between time periods, embellishing her reali In this graphic novel, a search for gold leads to devastation for one family and potential salvation for its descendants. Intriguing linked tales alternate focus between Josey, who lives on a farm in Nova Scotia in 1859, and Tara, who inhabits the same land in 2009. Larson flips gracefully back and forth between time periods, embellishing her realistic black-and-white cartoons with mystical touches.

Junior Library Guild


• The plot is complex and consistently interesting.
• The characters are plausible and well drawn.
• Alternating narratives and time periods add to the story’s appeal. Readers will enjoy making connections between the two storylines.
• Original and fresh.

• The plot is complex and consistently interesting.
• The characters are plausible and well drawn.
• Alternating narratives and time periods add to the story’s appeal. Readers will enjoy making connections between the two storylines.
• Original and fresh.

Book Details

ISBN

9781416935858

First Release

January 2010

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

741.5

Trim Size

6" x 8"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.6; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Simon & Schuster

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Family history, Canada, Gold prospecting, Mysterious visitors, Changing schools,

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