Mercury by Hope Larson

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In Mercury, Hope Larson weaves together history, romance, and magical realism in this graphic novel of how the past haunts a teenage girl's present.

August 31, 5:15 PM, French Hill, Nova Scotia: A girl named Tara is running. She runs through her nice neighborhood and up a road to the burned ruins of what was once a beautiful house--her family's house.

August 31, 1859, French Hill, Nova Scotia: A girl named Josey is picking blackberries with her friend Connie. As the girls gossip, a handsome stranger knocks on the door of Josey's house. His name is Asa, and with his coming, Josey's life--and later in time, Tara's as well--is about to change forever.

Because there is treasure in the woods that belong to Josey's family. Gold--an untold fortune. Asa has a secret way of finding it, and his partnership with Josey's father could make them all rich. But there is darkness in the woods, and in Asa. And in the present day, Tara, Josey's descendent, is about to discover the truth about what really happened in the family's past.

Eisner award winner Hope Larson weaves together history, romance, and a touch of her trademark magical realism in this remarkable graphic novel of how the past haunts a teenage girl's present.
 

About Hope Larson

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Hope Larson is the author of Who Is AC? and the author-illustrator of Mercury, Chiggers, Gray Horses, and Salamander Dream, which Publishers Weekly named one of 2005's best comics. She won a 2007 Eisner Award, the highest honor for a comic artist. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles. You can visit her at HopeLarson.com.
 
Published November 5, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Classic themes of love, family, betrayal and renewal combine to create multilayered historical fiction that perfectly illustrates how the past continues to influence the present.

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Publishers Weekly

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Beginning with a quick historical progression through the fictional town of French Hill in Nova Scotia, from the wilderness of 1400 through soldiers in 1775 to one of the story's main characters going for a run in 2009, this visual history, with fascinating detail, sets up the alternating narrati...

Jan 04 2010 | Read Full Review of Mercury

Historical Novel Society

Larson’s illustrations on black or white pages for each time period deftly help the stories unfold and provide a host of historical details.

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The Trades

As the story progresses, what seems at one point to be a quirk or a mental illness serves instead as a cornerstone for the outgrowth of magical realism that begins to permeate Josey and Tara's lives.

Apr 12 2010 | Read Full Review of Mercury

The Yalsa Hub

Josey and Tara Fraser are two young women separated by a mere 150 years, and connected by one very special pendant.

Feb 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Mercury

Creative Loafing

Hope Larson's Mercury is a graphic novel for young readers.

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