The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci

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The alternating chapters of comics, although at first seem incongruous with the rest of the plot, come together at the end of the book, developing a deeper meaning.
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Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister Lulu are un-chaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food . . . and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone's love and friendship to the test.  Alternating chapters of prose and comics are interwoven in this extraordinary novel that will break your heart and crack it wide open at the same time.


 

About Cecil Castellucci

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Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including The Year of the Beasts, Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, and First Day on Earth. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus. Her most recent book is a graphic novel illustrated by Sara Varon, Odd Duck, published by First Second Books. For more information, go to www.misscecil.com
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Roaring Brook Press. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
Mar 15 2012

...they’ll likely also be somewhat repelled by the ugliness of her raw envy.

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Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 24 2012

However, Castellucci and Powell’s twisty story is so very worth the emotional investment and anyone who enjoys novels which experiment with storytelling forms with certainly be entranced by this distinctive novel.

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Slate Breakers

Good
Reviewed by Brianna on Jul 12 2012

This book is an emotionally engrossing read and I would recommend that you keep a box of Kleenex nearby while reading.

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In the Next Room

Good
Reviewed by Zoe on Jun 29 2012

...I was left with a lasting and emotional image of sisterhood both from Castellucci's words and Powell's images.

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Teen Voices

Good
Reviewed by Daina Tague on Jun 10 2012

The alternating chapters of comics, although at first seem incongruous with the rest of the plot, come together at the end of the book, developing a deeper meaning.

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YA Book Shelf

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on May 25 2012

Whatever the purpose, one thing is for certain — The Year Of The Beasts should be the next book you pick up.

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Ringo the Cat

Good
May 23 2012

An emotional ride of a teen novel done with beauty and power, this book has an innate appeal thanks to its graphic novel portion and the dynamic writing.

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Wear the Old Coat

Good
Reviewed by Jo on Mar 25 2012

This book was genius and I’m still feeling a little wobbly with surprise at the turn of events.

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