This Week’s Reviews

Last Halloween
Abby Howard | Iron Circus Comics | 9781945820663 | October 2020
“A strange book that mixes grotesque gore and terrifying monsters with sarcastic laugh-out-loud humor and surprisingly sweet side-plots.”—Geek Mom

Last Dance
Hanna Schroy | Iron Circus Comics | 9781945820724 | January 2021
“Schroy makes excellent use of both color and panel design in this graphic novel to evoke the sweeping, sometimes all-consuming world . . . that a longed-for dream can fill.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Softies
Kyle Smeallie | Iron Circus Comics | 9781945820489 | October 2020
“Young readers are sure to gravitate to the promise of extraterrestrial adventure, but don’t be surprised if grownups latch on to this gentle lesson on surviving trauma and finding one’s chosen family.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Ramifications
Daniel Saldaña París, trans. Christina MacSweeney | Coffee House Press | 9781566895965 | October 2020
“[A] bone chilling, exact portrait of a hypersensitive childhood that must torture and repeat itself in the mind of the protagonist. . . . París captures the intensity of a child’s make-believe so perfectly that you’ll be able to remember your own secret hiding place, your own neighborhood villain, your own childhood adventures.”—Paperback Paris

Tiger Girl
Pascale Petit | Bloodaxe Books | 9781780375267 | September 2020
“Petit’s search for human heritage in the Indian jungles could not come at a better moment. . . . Tiger Girl’s poems are incantations and lamentations, conjuring lost animal spirits and a world in flames, but also constitute recovery, providing tenderness and beauty in the face of trauma.”—Oxford Review of Books

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