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Squire
Squire | Nadia Shammas, Sara Alfageeh
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BriannaT
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Considering I read like 9 graphic novels I‘m going to just review 3 (mostly because I already returned them to the library and didn‘t take all their pictures). In Squire, Aiza joins the army but hides her ethnicity to fit in. Her journey is one of growth, but this book also addresses colonialism and its problems, which I loved the most. We see higher ups manipulate in the name of the “greater good” and “unity,” but is it, really?

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BriannaT
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For one of my reading challenges, I have to read a graphic novel. I picked these up from my library, but does it count if I read them so fast?? Should I be picking one that I takes longer and is deeper than the rest? I read all of these (and a couple more), but I feel like it‘s wrong to say that I read more than 6 books in two days because I‘m so used to novels.

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Soubhiville
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A snow day (ice day?) meant I had time to squeeze one more read into January.
Recommended to me by @alysonimagines through bookclub.
Aiza joins the military, dreaming of becoming a squire and maybe someday a knight, of travel and glory.
She makes friends and enjoys her training and education. Then starts to see signs of prejudice and corruption.
Beautiful amazing art and great story by two Arab American women.

AmyG I was watching about your storm on the news. 😬 7d
Soubhiville @AmyG we‘re doing fine, work‘s closed again tomorrow. Hopefully the ice won‘t knock out any power lines tonight. 7d
Hooked_on_books This picture makes me think I definitely wouldn‘t break into your house! 😆 7d
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alysonimagines @Soubhiville So glad you enjoyed Squire! It‘s always nice to curl up with a good book but especially when it‘s a snow day. Love those unexpected bonus reads! ☺️ The wall decor is very fitting for this book, too! 7d
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books @alysonimagines These are Maelstrom‘s collection, part of them anyway, lol. His office wall. 7d
alysonimagines @Soubhiville I figured they were Maelstrom‘s. Impressive! 7d
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kissmehardy
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Good but not great. I appreciated the anti-colonialism, but most of the story felt like a Tamora Pierce retread, and it's hard to top Tamora Pierce. #yalit #graphicnovel

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charl08
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Loved this GN that reimagines a squire training story with an awareness of what it is the young people are training to do. The Said dedication made me smile.

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Bookish_Gal
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Incredible coming of age story fighting colonialism and imperialism. Aiza is from a group frowned upon as being “less.” Mulan feel here. She wants to be a squire so bad, to be a hero, that she looses herself along the way. Her story enlightens the atrocity of war, a never ending cycle of lies. Amazing book showing an alternative Ottoman Empire and Arabs as their own knights of old. Beautiful colors and storyboard. Really liked Doruk

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Lauredhel
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Would YOU like to know MORE?

This feels topical.

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Lauredhel
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I've been looking forward to this library book for so long! Been a sucker for female-squire stories ever since Tamora Pierce, I guess.

BookBr This is in my stack too! Looking forward to it… 7mo
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Lindy
Squire | Nadia Shammas, Sara Alfageeh
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A thrilling, thought-provoking YA fantasy graphic novel adventure set in alternate history Jordan with an Ottoman Empire aesthetic. The MC is a teen from a despised, subjugated group of people within the empire. Her dream is to become a knight & attain full citizenship. Issues include nationalism, imperialism & the realities of war. Wonderful #ownvoices representation in this collaboration between two very talented Arab American comics creators.

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Lindy
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So there‘s this Knight called Layla the Night Lily, and she‘s AMAZING. They say when she would finish a battle, the field would erupt into flowers the very next day.

(Great landscape art in this graphic novel, btw. Also, aren‘t the curvy lines leading to the speech balloons a nice touch?)

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Lindy
Squire | Nadia Shammas, Sara Alfageeh
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What a size difference between these two characters! (I‘ve scribbled out the speech bubbles to avoid spoilers.)

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underground_bks
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This graphic young adult fantasy follows Aiza, a young member of the oppressed Ornu people in the once-great Bayt-Sajji Empire, who aspires to be a knight, to gain both glory and full citizenship. Volunteering as a recruit, Aiza hides her identity, forges friendships, gains an unlikely mentor, proves herself as a warrior, and, in a brilliant reckoning with colonization and imperialism, slowly begins to question what exactly she‘s fighting for.

AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie what about this GN? 11mo
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie I will look into it :) 11mo
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TracyReadsBooks
Squire | Nadia Shammas, Sara Alfageeh
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Believing that joining the army offers her a path to acceptance and success, a young girl does just that only to discover that nothing is as it seems and that she must choose between her heritage & the empire she fights for. Delving into identity, war, colonization, & nationalism, this YA graphic novel tackles some important themes. On sale 2/1/22.

LibrarianRyan JELLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1y
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