Your Turn, Adrian
Your Turn, Adrian
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Catalog Number: #183240
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Hot Title Hot Title
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 72
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-7730-6149-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-7730-6149-8
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Bilingual: Yes
Publishers Weekly
In this Swedish graphic novel, somber pencil drawings by Lidström introduce Adrian, a boy who daydreams in color about circus acrobatics but is defeated by school. First, a bully steals and ruins his hat; then his teacher asks him to read, and he freezes. Scenes at home make it clear that the family is stretched thin, but there-s genuine love between father and son. One day, Adrian meets Heidi, a huge wire-haired dog he finds wandering about, her leash still attached. He revels in her quiet companionship, and her love makes the impossible possible: -I could feel Heidi-s soft fur. The words came to me. I was reading.- Soon afterward, Heidi-s owner takes her back, and Adrian is bereft. But another twist leads to a gratifying reunion and shared interests. Text by Öberg, ably translated by Apelqvist, is crystalline in its economy. Full-color spreads of happy moments punctuate the dreary gray of everyday reality, especially in Adrian-s dream world, in which his tumbling form is liberated from earthly cares. The creators draw a convincing portrait of a boy whose lucky break gives provides a sense of redemption and relief. Ages 7-10. (May)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
This Swedish import features a child in need of a friend.Much of the narration is wordless, depicted in detailed black-and-white panels. Readers watch as Adrian is bullied at school and, later, is unable to respond when the teacher utters the titular phrase during reading. Adrian and time freeze, and the child imagines flying on a trapeze. Viewers will begin to understand that in contrast to the penciled scenes, these colorful gouache-and-ink spreads signal either a new chapter or joy. Entitled "Before I Met Heidi," this first chapter ends with Adrian at home with loving but distracted parents. Enter Heidi, with the size and shagginess of an Irish wolfhound. The two bond outside the ice cream store, and Heidi follows Adrian home. Adrian reads well when touching her. Those with a low threshold for blurred reality/fantasy boundaries or deus ex machina solutions may be frustrated; others, including, perhaps, those who've benefited from "Reading with Rover"-type programs, will be all in. In the third section, child and dog encounter Heidi's rightful owner, a woman with a cane. At her dwelling, she explains that she is nearly blind; seeing her performing on the trapeze in a scrapbook photograph, Adrian says "I can read to you." Repeated perusals yield further clues to the child's love of the circus and yearning for a pet. Some characters of color can be spotted in the background, but the primary characters are all white.The minimal text and particular plot twists will garner appreciation from struggling readers; endearing characters and a fresh design will attract many more. (Graphic fiction. 6-8)
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Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 1-4

Almost every day, Adrian goes to school with knots in his stomach. He feels different from the other children, and alone. Whenever the teacher calls on him, his heart starts to pound and time stops. But he finds respite in his rich imagination -- a world full of color and joy in which he is a circus performer, capable of spectacular feats. One day Adrian encounters a huge wolfhound that seems to be lost. He names her Heidi, takes her home, and soon the two of them are inseparable. Heidi's comforting presence provides friendship and tranquility, and even enables Adrian to read aloud in front of the class. This brief period of happiness ends when Heidi is reunited with her owner and Adrian finds himself alone again ... until a chance meeting leads to a heartwarming discovery. A beautifully illustrated graphic novel about feeling vulnerable and struggling to meet expectations, and about friendship and the power of the imagination.

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