Paper Girls

Paper Girls


Paperback - 2016
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"In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., [2016]
ISBN: 9781632156747
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Chiang, Cliff - Illustrator


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Halloween, 1988: in the wee hours of morning, four newspaper delivery girls encounter a group of strange figures dressed in black. But instead of the usual holiday pranksters, they’ve stumbled onto something much more surreal.

Winner: Best New Series
Winner: Cliff Chiang, Best Penciller/Inker

Winner, Best New Series

October 2016

Halloween, 1988: in the wee hours of morning, four newspaper delivery girls encounter a group of strange figures dressed in black. But instead of the usual holiday pranksters, they’ve stumbled onto something much more surreal.

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JCLStefanieE Aug 16, 2017

This comic isn't just for the Teen audience it's rated for. If you are a child of the 1980's, or raised children during that time, and enjoy a bit of science fiction time travel, you will enjoy this adventure in which four brave paper girls work together to save the world.

Aug 01, 2017

This mystery thriller comic follows Erin, a paper girl in her neighbourhood. It's early Halloween morning and she meets the other paper girls in surrounding areas. They team up this time of year because of possibly dangerous people. The group of four spit up into partners. One of the pairs is attacked and Erin and her partner come to help but the perpetrators have escaped already. Soon after, the group of girls start investigating and find some very peculiar things in the neighbourhood. The situation eventually escalates to the entire town seemingly becoming abandoned. They find an empty house with a strange device and they get zapped. Ultimately they come into contact with aliens in the now hollow suburb. The girls must survive alone after the strange events, getting pulled into something way over their heads. If anyone is a fan of 'Stanger Things' then this comic surely is the thing, not only featuring a mostly female cast of characters, this 1988 setting would bring back nostalgia to most older avid readers. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the supernatural genre taking on a new spin of things.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

AL_WENDY Jul 22, 2017

Take the creepy wee-hours-after-Halloween vibe, add five tough girls, mix in some mysterious sci-fi elements and you've got one riveting read!

ElizF May 11, 2017

I'm still not sure what happened in the story, but I did like it and can't wait to read Vol. 2.

fineplan Mar 30, 2017

This graphic novel capitalizes on 80s nostalgia in all the right ways. The characterization and the illustrations perfectly fit the era. Well, until the craziness starts to happen! It's a wild ride that is, at times, confusing. However, you can see glimmers of the answers ahead and it makes you so eager to see what happens next! Volume two is just as gripping and exciting.

PinesandPrejudice Mar 26, 2017

What was this book? I didn't understand it. I didn't like the story. It wasn't my thing. Sorry not sorry.

FindingJane Mar 24, 2017

This is one unforgettable graphic novel. With a confusing narrative, a lurid but commanding visual style and cracking good dialogue, this graphic novel challenges and teases the reader. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? Then again, such terms as “good” and “bad” can be facile and misleading when you don’t know what’s happening around you.

People are disappearing. But there are monsters flitting through the skies and roaming the streets. So getting folks off the streets to safety is a good idea…isn’t it? There is a generational conflict between the adults and the adolescents; who’s on what side of the fence? Just because you’re holding a weapon doesn’t mean you’re in command of the situation—not if you don’t really know how to shoot. Is this book about time travel? If so, what kind of time travel has humans in futuristic suits riding dinosaurs?

“Paper Girls” is a whirling, fast-paced sci-fi/adventure story that has at its heart the burgeoning friendship among four very different teenagers. This isn’t a feminist agenda. These four girls are as flawed as any boys and often are at odds about the proper course of action. But, when they rally together, they’re a force to be reckoned with and you feel that the story’s continuation will show their growing solidarity as each reveals knowledge and strength that aids the group.

I don’t know whether I liked this but I can’t stop reading and re-reading it, sifting through it for clues. It’s just that compelling.

Mar 23, 2017

Fast moving story with some gutsy kickass heroines. It was a fun read.

Cynthia_N Mar 09, 2017

Really enjoyed this graphic novel! Quick moving story that pulls you right in!

Jan 28, 2017

This nostalgic spin back to the 1980s reminds me a bit of the popular Netflix show Stranger Days.

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