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Author: Hicks, Faith Erin
Illustrator: Hicks, Faith Erin and Bellaire, Jordie
Publisher: First Second
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781626721579
Grades: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

The Nameless City

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Eisner Award-winning prolific graphic novel author Faith Erin Hicks artfully crafts an amazing Nameless City in Asia, besieged by oppressors who treat the local inhabitants as subhuman. This first volume of a trilogy is told from the point of view of Kaidu, an outsider and privileged son of a conqueror, about to begin his military training, and who would rather read books than fight. He befriends a streetwise, sassy orphan named Rat who trains him in parkour-like moves as they race across the rooftops, where the author’s eye for motion gives a strong sense of movement and minute details bring the city to life. Cinematic action follows their budding friendship as they explore the city’s darker truths, discover an assassination plot, and explore the intrique and political drama of their cleverly inked  home. A wide variety of readers will eagerly await the next installment, “The Stone Tower,” for more entertaining action.

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