Series: 5 Worlds #1
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on May 2nd 2017
The Five Worlds are on the brink of extinction unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit. When war erupts, three unlikely heroes will discover there s more to themselves and more to their worlds than meets the eye. . . .
The clumsiest student at the Sand Dancer Academy, Oona Lee is a fighter with a destiny bigger than she could ever imagine.
A boy from the poorest slums, An Tzu has a surprising gift and a knack for getting out of sticky situations.
Star athlete Jax Amboy is beloved by an entire galaxy, but what good is that when he has no real friends? When these three kids are forced to team up on an epic quest, it will take not one, not two, but 5 WORLDS to contain all the magic and adventure!
5 Worlds is a beautiful graphic novel about a girl who doesn’t seem to be meeting expectations of a sand dancer. Oona has always felt she is not up to par, especially compared with her older sister who would have been the next sand dancer, if she had not run away. Her sister has sent her a letter and wants her to meet her on the day of the ceremony and she does not consider going until the Sand Castle is attacked.
But Oona is not our only character. An Tzu is a charming street waif who helps those in need but is suffering from a disappearing disease. He finds himself with Oona after an attack on a stadium and together they also save a star athlete named Jax who turns out to be different as well.
Overall, the book is about self discovery and believing in yourself. Set in a high fantasy and science fiction feel of a setting, there are 5 different worlds and many different races. I’m looking forward to more interactions with people from the different worlds as the series continues. I love the artwork and the character designs – definitely a visually stunning graphic novel.
An adventureful start to a series about rising above expectations and finding hidden talents.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
MARK SIEGEL has written and illustrated several award-winning picture books and graphic novels, including the New York Times bestseller Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson. He is also the founder and editorial director of First Second Books. He lives with his family in New York. Follow Mark on Tumblr at @marksiegel and the 5 Worlds team on Twitter at @5WorldsTeam.
ALEXIS SIEGEL is a writer and translator based in London, England. He has translated a number of bestselling graphic novels, including Joann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat, Pénélope Bagleu’s Exquisite Corpse, and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese (into French).
XANTHE BOUMA is an illustrator based in Southern California. When not working on picture books, fashion illustration, and comics, Xanthe enjoys soaking up the beachside sun. Follow Xanthe on Tumblr at @yumbles and on Twitter at @xoxobouma.
MATT ROCKEFELLER is an illustrator and comic book artist from Tucson, Arizona. His work has appeared in a variety of formats, including book covers, picture books, and animation. Matt lives in New York City. Follow him on Tumblr at @mrockefeller and on Twitter at @mcrockefeller.
BOYA SUN is an illustrator and co-author of the graphic novel Chasma Knights. Originally from China, Boya has traveled from Canada to the United States and now resides in the charming city of Baltimore. Follow Boya on Tumblr at @boyasun and on Twitter at @boyaboyasun.
Thanks to Random House, I am able to offer a finished copy of 5 Worlds.
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