The City on the Other Side

The City on the Other Side

Graphic Novel - 2018
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In The City on the Other Side, a young girl stumbles into a pitched war between two fairy kingdoms, and the fate of San Francisco itself hangs in the balance!

Sheltered within her high-society world, Isabel plays the part of a perfectly proper little girl--she's quiet, well-behaved, and she keeps her dresses spotlessly clean. She's certainly not the kind of girl who goes on adventures.

But that all changes when Isabel breaches an invisible barrier and steps into another world. She discovers a city not unlike her own, but magical and dangerous. Here, war rages between the fairies of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Only Isabel, with the help of a magical necklace and a few new friends, stands a chance of ending the war before it destroys the fairy world, and her own.

From Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson comes a colorful fantasy graphic novel set in early twentieth century San Francisco.

Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2018, ©2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250152558
Branch Call Number: J GRAPHIX SCO
Characteristics: 209 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Robin 1986-- Illustrator


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An exciting graphic novel fantasy of a fairy war and a young San Francisco girl who is drawn into a quest in the fairy realm. Beautiful art and intriguing characters. Recommended for grades 4 and up.

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kobrien3 Sep 06, 2018

I loved this graphic novel set in early 1900s San Francisco. Isabel is a sheltered and sometimes ignored young girl who accidentally stumbles across the veil between San Francisco and the fairy world on the other side. In no time at all, Isabel is swept up into a fast paced adventure to save the world of fairy, and by extension the human world. With beautiful illustrations and a follow up at the end explaining the different folklore traditions that some of the fairies are based upon, this was an exciting and entertaining read!

samcmar Jun 15, 2018

City on the Other Side was a graphic novel I knew nothing about that happened to show up on my door step. It tells the story of a girl named Isabel who is very sheltered, but after a large scale earthquake, decides she may in fact be ready for adventure.

Isabel is a character I think many readers will easily be able to relate to. She's shy and nervous, but she grows through the course of the story. Stepping through an invisible barrier, Isabel is transported to a new world where fairies lay. Over the course of the story we see her befriending the fairies and trying to make sense of the difference between the fairy world and where the humans reside.

I have to say, I really liked the artwork in this graphic novel. It's whimsical, the colours used really pop off the page. There is just so much energy in both the story and the panels, making City on the Other Side a lot of fun to read. The one thing I wish though was that it was just a bit longer. I feel like there was definitely potential to expand the story in different areas, but that's more of a minor complaint.

If you want to read a great graphic novel with a reluctant, but lovable heroine, please check out City on the Other Side. It's a great story for younger and older readers alike.

JCLChrisK May 14, 2018

A nicely done urban fantasy for young readers, introducing them to fairy lore in a historical setting. The characters are particularly well nuanced for an action-driven book.

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