Friends with Boys
Maggie’s idyllic education ends when she goes from homeschool to high school. There, she faces dangers, new possibilities, and a chance to solve a ghostly mystery. Black-and-white illustrations.
JLG Release: May 2012
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Graphic Novels High
Grades 9 & Up
Awards & Honors
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2012; 2012 Cybils Award Winner, Young Adult Graphic Novels; YALSA Great Graphic Novels Top Ten 2013, Fiction
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
Maggie’s secure homeschooled life with three older brothers, Daniel, Lloyd, and Zander, is ruptured when she must negotiate the rough waters of public school and a new family dynamic. She also happens to be haunted by a ghost, the widow of a sea captain, who is less terrifying to Maggie than the prospect of high
Maggie’s secure homeschooled life with three older brothers, Daniel, Lloyd, and Zander, is ruptured when she must negotiate the rough waters of public school and a new family dynamic. She also happens to be haunted by a ghost, the widow of a sea captain, who is less terrifying to Maggie than the prospect of high school. She eventually becomes friends with siblings Alistair and Lucy. This friendship is complicated by Alistair’s uneasy relationship with Daniel. The threesome visits the local museum and locates the sea captain’s prosthetic hand. Maggie determines that returning it to his widow’s ghost will put the apparition to rest. When her theft is discovered, Maggie’s brothers come to her rescue, returning the missing artifact and exonerating the trio. Various panel sizes are used to full advantage, creating a cinematic effect that moves from long shots to tight close-ups. Night scenes provide good contrast and heighten the dramatic tension. Excellent pacing gives pause for reflective moments and sets up the action scenes. Hicks is a master of wordless panels, using facial expressions, gestures, and character placement to effectively convey emotions that transcend words. Her artistic brilliance is especially evidenced in the character’s expressive faces, particularly the eyes. Note Lucy’s face during the horror movie and the faces of the siblings when confronted by their father. Originally published as a web comic, this excellent high school drama has already developed an online following. Friends with Boys will win new fans for this talented cartoonist.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
6" x 8 1/2"
Level 2.7; Points: 1;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.3; Points: 4;