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Rebel Genius



by
Michael Dante DiMartino

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781626723368
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence
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In this Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed. When twelve-year-old Giacomo discovers his creative spirit, he knows he’s in serious trouble. Black-and-white illustrations.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

384

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

AR

5.3: points 13

Lexile

730L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

20

JLG Release

Jan 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Action and adventure. Fantasy and magic. Art and architecture. Creative ability. Animal companions. Heroes and heroines.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The cocreator of the award-winning television series Avatar: The Last Airbender has written his first book for children, and the result is an interesting, if overly long, blend of Renaissance art, sacred geometry, magic, and a hero origin story. Playing with the Renaissance theory that a genius is an actual being who guides talented people in their art, DiMartino introduces readers to Giacomo, an orphan in a world where art has been outlawed. All geniuses were captured by the tyrannical government, but Giacomo, who has been living in the sewers, finds himself in possession of a genius shortly after the narrative begins. His new companion leads him to join a secret group of students learning to use their artistic powers to fight against oppression. The students represent a range of diverse features and skin colors. A highlight of the Avatar series was its detailed setting, and Giacomo’s lush and intricate world does not disappoint. The plot hits some familiar notes and does more telling than showing, but readers will be drawn into this highly stylized world. VERDICT Though this series opener is not perfect, the author’s famous past works should lead to high interest in most public and school libraries. Give this one to fans of Lisa McMann’s The Unwanteds.—Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla, Darien Library, CT

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

The cocreator of the award-winning television series Avatar: The Last Airbender has written his first book for children, and the result is an interesting, if overly long, blend of Renaissance art, sacred geometry, magic, and a hero origin story. Playing with the Renaissance theory that a genius is an actual being who guides talented people in their art, DiMartino introduces readers to Giacomo, an orphan in a world where art has been outlawed. All geniuses were captured by the tyrannical government, but Giacomo, who has been living in the sewers, finds himself in possession of a genius shortly after the narrative begins. His new companion leads him to join a secret group of students learning to use their artistic powers to fight against oppression. The students represent a range of diverse features and skin colors. A highlight of the Avatar series was its detailed setting, and Giacomo’s lush and intricate world does not disappoint. The plot hits some familiar notes and does more telling than showing, but readers will be drawn into this highly stylized world. VERDICT Though this series opener is not perfect, the author’s famous past works should lead to high interest in most public and school libraries. Give this one to fans of Lisa McMann’s The Unwanteds.—Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla, Darien Library, CT

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