Gwen O’ Poole finds herself living in the wonderful world of Marvel comics. And of course she has powers, because who doesn’t have powers or cool gadgets or- “What do you mean she doesn’t have any of that?” So the newly dubbed Gwenpool uses the only tools at her disposal to save/ruin the day, knowledge of how the comics usually turn out. Getting chased by bad guys on a rooftop? There’s a convenient mattress truck to jump into. Tough poorly written bad guy? She knows just what to say to give him depth and turn him sympathetic to her. Giant head in a chair trying to kill her? Well that one might take some work but she’s got ideas, and friends! Even the threat of cancellation isn’t enough for her to stop bringing the hijinks. A fun ensemble cast of characters, followed by a number of cameo heroes as is custom, combined with the wonderful writing creates a truly memorable series that doesn’t wear out its welcome. The writing by Christopher Hastings combines meta humour about how comics work as well as just some heartbreaking moments thrown in to mix up the pace. The art is absolutely charming as well, with absolutely delightful covers in each of the volumes that are a treat to look at. Take a look between the panels and find Gwenpool on a library shelf near you!
Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Who’s it For: Teens and Adults
Leah Westfall is able to sense the location of gold. In 1847, Leah’s secret ability is a blessing for her family. However, when her parents are murdered for their stash of gold, it becomes a curse. What is an orphaned fifteen-year old to do? Hacking off her long braid and donning men’s clothes, Leah, now “Lee,” flees on her trusty horse, Peony. Her best friend, Jefferson, who is half Irish and half Indian, has already headed off for the Gold Rush. Will Lee be able to catch up with Jeff? And will the murderer catch up with her?
I enjoyed this historical fiction with a fantasy twist. Although it is a work of fiction, this story was true to its setting. Through Lee, the reader experiences travel in the Old West, from flatboat to covered wagon. Socially, the story is also accurate. Lee is frustrated when she realizes that on the trail, she is allowed to hunt for food and wrangle cattle as a man but is relegated to washing the family laundry as a woman. Also on the wagon trail, Jeff, as a “half breed,” often suffers snide racial comments from fellow travelers. The varied characters in this tale, from feisty Lee to the German immigrant Hoffmans, to the rough wagon train cowboys, enhance the rich tapestry of the tale as well as the time period.
The good news is that this is just the first book in the Gold Seer series!
Welcome to ‘On the Shelf,’ our new library blog!
For the past 10 years, our customers have enjoyed the Kid’s Book Blog where they could find reviews and suggested reading for children’s picture books. Due to the success of the Kid’s Book Blog, we are renaming and expanding the content while keeping true to the roots of excellent recommendations and commentary!
On the Shelf will feature recommendations and new or coming soon books and media for all ages, from our tiniest customers to our most senior customers! We’ll discuss new books, movies, music, and graphic novels that the library has recently purchased or are coming soon, recommended reads from our wonderful librarians, as well as exciting news, like a favorite read being turned into a movie or a new format or product available through the library.
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