Foiled by Jane Yolen

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A quirky, fast-paced urban fantasy by esteemed author Jane Yolen


Aliera Carstairs just doesn’t fit in. She’s always front and center at the fencing studio, but at school she’s invisible. And she’s fine with that . . . until Avery Castle walks into her first period biology class. Avery may seem perfect now, but will he end up becoming her Prince Charming or just a toad?


About Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen is one of the most distinguished and successful authors for young readers and adults in the country. She is the author of more than 200 books--including Briar Rose, Sister Light, Sister Dark, Owl Moon, and the immensely popular The Devil's Arithmetic. Her books have won awards including the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Jewish Book Award, and two Christopher Medals. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.   Mike Cavallaro is originally from New Jersey. He has worked in the New York comics and animation industries since the early '90s. Mike is a member of the web-comics collective, ACT-I-VATE, where he contributes weekly web comics, including the true-life historic memoir, Parade (With Fireworks), a 2008 Eisner Award nominee. He lives in Brooklyn. 
Published April 13, 2010 by First Second. 160 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Picking right up where Foiled (2010) left off (though with enough back story for new readers to comfortably jump in), Aliera Carstairs, the sassy, sword-fighting, take-no-prisoners heroine, is still battling trolls as the last Defender of Faerie.

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Veteran fantasist Yolen introduces the utterly charming and sassy Aliera, a quirky tenth-grade loner who’s both color-blind and an expert fencer, in this charming graphic novel.

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Publishers Weekly

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Yolen’s smart, introspective, foil-wielding Aliera Carstairs returns, this time to thwart the Dark Lord’s plot to kidnap her beloved cousin.

Nov 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Foiled


Her work has “won many awards, including: the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the Rhysling, an Asimov’s Magazine Reader’s Poll award, World Fantasy Award, a National Book Award nomination, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Skylark Award, Jewish Book Award, two Christ...

Jul 21 2010 | Read Full Review of Foiled

Oregon Live

Even with the weird practice foil -- check out the clunky jewel on the grip -- that her mother picked up at a garage sale, Aliera can fence with the best of them, largely because she is masked and she has memorized the best coaching advice: "It's always about protecting the heart, Aliera.

Mar 30 2010 | Read Full Review of Foiled

City Book Review

Aliera’s real world is shown in gray tones, while the fairies and magic are shown in bright color.

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Fantasy Literature

Foiled is clearly a five-star book, and I want to say in the first paragraph in case anybody stops reading here: Buy this book and it’s sequel — Curses!

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At one point Aliera mentions “surviving” the brutal heat while wearing fencing mask and jacket.

May 19 2010 | Read Full Review of Foiled

The Yalsa Hub

So I will anxiously await the sequel and will definitely put this pair of graphic novels on the “keeper” section of my personal book shelves.

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Graphic Novel Reporter

Aliera Carstairs’ life is a series of routines: school and fencing practice during the week, fencing practice and gaming with her cousin Caroline on the weekends.

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