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The Adventures Of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
Bellwether by Connie Willis
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Body & Soul by Stacey Kade
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank by Lilian Jackson Braun
Crescent Dawn by Clive and Dirk Cussler
The Empire Strikes Out by Robert Elias
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Gay Men Don't Get Fat by Simon Doonan
The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer
Gracie, The Lighthouse Cat by Ruth Brown
Homicide In Hardcover by Kate Carlisle
I Am Half-Sick Of Shadows by Alan Bradley
I Am Not Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle
Island Sting by Bonnie J. Doerr
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
Monster by A. Lee Martinez
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
One False Note by Gordon Korman
Planting Dandelions by Kyran Pittman
A River in the Sky (audio) by Elizabeth Peters
Sink Trap by Christy Evans
The Sword Thief (audio) by Peter Lerangis
The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Wet Cats by Rita Golden Gelman
Whad'ya Know? by Michael Feldman Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
Zed: A Cosmic Tale by Michel Gagné

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Comments for Friends with Boys

Friends with Boys: 04/08/13

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks is a YA novel about the adjustment period of attending public school after years of homeschooling. Maggie McKay is going to high school, following in the foot steps of her brothers.

For the most part, Friends with Boys is a roman à clef in graphic novel format. As Hicks explains in her blog, she was home-schooled and has three brothers. While the author is from British Columbia, the book is set in Nova Scotia.

The going to high school part of the book is pretty standard. There are the usual problems of making friends, as well as the competition and sibling strife. While it's nicely done, it's not as remarkable as the events in Brain Camp by Susan Kim and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks.

There is a side story, though, about a ghost in the graveyard which serves as a short cut to the high school. She appears at the beginning of the book and at the end but there is no "meloncholy mystery" as the blurb would have one believe. Instead, it's just filler. I really had hoped to see more emphasis on the ghost plot and less on the brothers / sister relationship.

Three stars

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