August Moon

August Moon

Graphic Novel - 2012
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The townspeople of Calico believe in the legend of the Soul Fire - orbs of light dancing through the night sky, believed to be the souls of dead ancestors watching over the town. But when eleven-year-old Fiona Gan comes to town with her dad, she learns the amazing truth: these fireballs are actually the light from lanterns carried by mysterious rabbit like creatures as they leap across rooftops. Leaping with them is the peculiar street boy Jaden, who rarely speaks and claims to come from the moon. But the games may be coming to an end, because Fi and her dad are not the only newcomers to Calico when a creepy corporation starts bulldozing the nearby forests, she finds herself uncovering a whole world of secrets, and drawn into Jaden's battle for the soul of a community. Diana Thung's debut Top Shelf graphic novel is a true adventure, rooted in the diverse local traditions of Asian festival culture, with a modern sensibility and a hint of magic.
Publisher: Atlanta, Ga. : Top Shelf Productions, c2012.
ISBN: 9781603090698
Branch Call Number: TEEN THUNG
Characteristics: 315 p. : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 25, 2015

I didn't know what to make of this as first. The story is fairly slow, and some of the characters seem borderline annoying, and why do some of the people look like monkeys?! I am so glad I stuck with it, though, because it all unfolds exactly like it should. It rewards your patience with a mysterious, almost otherworldly conflict between a town's magical traditions and the minions of a greedy, destructive corporation. Resistance, we learn, must come from the heart.

Influenced by Miyazaki films but definitely its own thing!


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