Mercury

Mercury

Book - 2010
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Tara is forced to move in with her cousins after her house burns down. She faces a difficult adjustment while her mother is away trying to earn money. Interwoven with this story is that of Tara's ancestors, who in 1859 were convinced by a mysterious stranger to put all their money into searching their property for gold.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2010.
ISBN: 9781416935889
9781416935858
Characteristics: 234 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,21 cm.

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FindingJane Jan 25, 2016

Ms. Larson’s absorbing story shifts back and forth between two different eras, between girls concerned about their families and their futures. It’s exciting to read about the cunning Asa, his would-be bride and the young girl whose future is mysteriously linked to theirs.

I much preferred the story to the illustrations, which I found a trifle bland and too simply drawn to appeal to my tastes. But it’s a fair entry into the graphic novel genre and an attention-grabbing plotline about unearthly powers threading their way through the female bloodline.

Mark_Daly Jun 06, 2013

Larson evokes a palpable sense of unease with this suspenseful story. Her storytelling sense is engaging and strong, and she effectively allows the pictures to carry most of the narrative. The ease with which plot points can be gathered just by looking serves to carry the reader along as if riding a canoe downstream on a fast-moving river. Don't read it too fast, or the rapid-fire changes in the ending will leave you scratching your head in confusion.

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lucidaconsole
Apr 13, 2011

I've been a fan of Hope's art since before she started writing long-form comics. Mercury is the first book in which the quality of her writing was up to par with the quality of her art. She sets a wonderfully creepy mood and the book turns into quite the page turner. I didn't mean to read it all in one night, but it was worth the lost sleep!

OranguTang Sep 28, 2010

I throughly enjoyed this book. It was recommended to me by one of the teen librarians at Milner and I read it on my lunch break. The drawings in it are really great and I loved that it is set in Nova Scotia (which is where I'm from originally) The symbolism gets a little heavy towards the end and the little footnotes about what Tim Horton's is (for the American audiences) is a little wearing but it's very entertaining and the plot keeps you interested.

I would recommend it for a teacher who is looking for a new novel study book for her class. It's a graphic novel, Canadian content and enough symbolism to bring up lots of questions.

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Dr_Inferno
Apr 04, 2012

Dr_Inferno thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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