I’ve been really getting into graphic novel lately and this one did not disappoint.
The city on the other side is a middle grade fantasy graphic novel about a girl called Isabel who lives in San Francisco with a mother who isn’t interested in her and a father who is too busy with his sculptures. One day during a visit to her father she stumbles upon a fairy on a mission to deliver a magical necklace and is thrust into a war between fairies. With a new friend Benjie and mushroom faerie Button, Isabel must embark on this quest with the fate of the faerie world and the human world on the line.
First of all the graphics are really gorgeous. It really added to the book and made the world of the fairies feel much more real. The art is vibrant and colourful. The Seelie and Unseelies are both fairies but when a war breaks out between them, all that lies between the Unseelies and total victory is a necklace. The faeries come in different shapes and sizes which make the faerie world more intriguing.
Isabel is a smart brave girl who is in love with her city and wants to go out more even though she feels unwanted cause her mother neglects her. She initially went on the quest partly because she feels no one would miss her in the human world. Benjie is an orphan who can move between the two worlds and lives on the street, he just wants to keep surviving but eventually joins Isabel on her quest. They come from different sides of society but bond over their mutual feeling of being unwanted. Even if they are just little kids they can make a difference. They slowly become friends and stick together till the end. My other favorite character is Spine, she is a villain who works for the Unseelie King but her powers are cool and she is honorable despite being a villain and smart too.
“No one thinks I can do anything, No one cares as long as I don’t mess up my dress. But they’re wrong, not us. We’re not worthless or useless. Id’naress saw that Benjie. She saved you. Now she wants someone to save her! Don’t you at least want to try?”
The plot is quite predictable and was resolved too neatly at the end but I really enjoyed reading it and it would be a great read for children who are thrilled by magic and adventure in books. It will teach kids to be brave and believe in themselves more.
4/5 stars to the city on the other side. I really would love to read a sequel if there is one. I feel there is still much more to explore in the fairy world. So I recommended it to those who want a fun read with great graphics, oh and it has fairies in it and who doesn’t want to read a book with fearies in it, right?
Author: Mairghread Scott
Illustrator: Robin Robinson
Published: April 24th 2018
When a wealthy and sheltered young girl stumbles into a pitched war between two fairy kingdoms, the fate of San Francisco itself hangs in the balance!
The first decade of the twentieth century is coming to a close, and San Francisco is still recovering from the great earthquake of 1906. Isabel watched the destruction safely from her window, sheltered within her high-society world.
Isabel isn’t the kind of girl who goes on adventures. But that all changes when she stumbles through the invisible barrier that separates the human world from the fairy world. She quickly finds herself caught up in an age-old war and fighting on the side of the Seelie — the good fairies.
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Chat time! Got any graphic novel recommendations for me? I’m all ears. I need to read more. How’s your day going? Do you read middle grade books?