Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Plain Janes

My students love graphic novels so much that the majority of them are in tatters, with their covers taped on multiple times. They live for Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Boneville, but there aren't too many graphic novels in our collection geared towards girls, except Queen Bee (lame). They are going to be psyched that The Plain Janes exists.

This is the story of a girl named Jane who moves to a new town and, while welcomed into the popular crew, decides to befriend some misfits (all named Jane) and do guerilla art. There are many aspects of this story that my students will be unable to relate to (guerilla what?!), but Jim Rugg's illustrations will keep them interested and turning pages.

I was disappointed that the Janes were stereotyped and that the main Jane was the only one with a multi-faceted personality. Still, the sequel Janes in Love arrived the other day and I am curious to see if it expands on the other Janes more.

PS. There is a tsunami watch in The Bahamas right now, so I am blogging this in advance...I really want to post every day this month. Is that weird?!

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