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Title:
Cast no shadow
Author:
Tapalansky, Nick, 1983- author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : First Second Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, 2017.
Physical Description:
212 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
Greg has lived in Lancaster his whole life. The town's always had its quirks, and being born without a shadow means he's counted among them. When Greg discovers an old mansion in the woods just outside of town, he didn't expect to meet a smart, beautiful, funny, and...very dead teenaged girl named Eleanor. Yeah. He's in love with a ghost. And before he knows what's happening, Greg finds himself at the wrong end of a history lesson when the town's past, and his own, threaten to pull the two of them apart permanently!
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781596438774

9780606405911
Format :
Book

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Greg has lived in Lancaster his whole life. The town's always had its quirks, and being born without a shadow means he's counted among them. When Greg discovers an old mansion in the woods just outside of town, he didn't expect to meet a smart, beautiful, funny, and...very dead teenaged girl named Eleanor.

Yeah. He's in love with a ghost.

And before he knows what's happening, Greg finds himself at the wrong end of a history lesson when the town's past, and his own, threaten to pull the two of them apart permanently!

From acclaimed comics writer Nick Tapalansky and phenomenal newcomer artist Anissa Espinosa, Cast No Shadow is a teen romance with humor and heart.


Author Notes

Nick Tapalansky is the author of A Radical Shift of Gravity , Awakening , and Thanatos Diver . Nick's work has also been featured in the Harvey Award-winning Popgun Vol. 4 and the Eisner Award-nominated Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 . He currently lives in Westchester, New York, with his patient wife and amazing daughter.

Anissa Espinosa is an artist who has had her work published in several anthologies. She illustrated a cover and minicomic for the Boom Studios title Bee and Puppycat . Cast No Shadow is her first graphic novel.


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Booklist Review

Greg was born without a shadow, and nothing in his life seems to be going right. His own best friend is dating his bully, and his father's girlfriend has just moved into their family home. But when Greg starts to escape to a haunted house in town, he notices a shy but friendly ghost named Eleanor. As the two start to form a romantic connection, Greg's shadow is finally released, becoming a manifestation of all of his problems, and Greg must now get his life back on track to defeat his shadowy side and save Eleanor, all while gaining a stronger sense of self in the process. Espinosa's cartoon illustrations in black, white, and gray feature thick outlines, expressive characters, and plenty of atmospheric shadows that add to the slightly spooky, breezy romantic atmosphere. With conflicts easily resolved and romance developing quickly, this surely doesn't break new ground, but fans of paranormal romance will be smitten. Hand to readers who loved Faith Erin Hicks' Friends with Boys (2012).--Blenski, Peter Copyright 2017 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Greg Shepard has gotten used to not having a shadow-things aren't exactly ordinary in his tourist trap of a town, which has recently become home to the World's Largest Hairball. But he's not ready to deal with his widowed father's new girlfriend, Ruth, moving in, no matter how kind she is. While avoiding home, Greg and his best friend, Layla, visit a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of town where he meets, Eleanor, a ghost only he can see. Their budding romance is interrupted by the unexpected appearance arrival of Greg's shadow, which wreaks havoc on the town, targeting those whom Greg has been mad at, including Ruth and Layla's new boyfriend. Tapalansky creates an entertaining villain in Greg's shadow, who is less evil incarnate than a Loki figure, disrupting order, and Espinosa's angular b&w cartooning captures the atmosphere of a story that's eerie, playful, and poignant. But although Greg's lingering pain over his mother's death is keenly felt, the mysteries surrounding Nick's shadow and Eleanor's past are inelegantly and confusingly addressed in rapidly deployed info dumps, leaving the conclusion rushed and unsatisfying. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Greg was born without a shadow, which doesn't bother him until he and his best friend Layla explore a haunted house and he learns that he can see ghosts, including Eleanor. As he falls for her (and they exchange kisses), he discovers more about the history of his town and has to battle his own shadow-an evil, -conniving part of himself-while dealing with his dad's new girlfriend, who's moving in, and Layla's new boyfriend. Though this graphic novel has occasional narrative hiccups and confusing characterizations, such as a popular kid's strange obsession with befriending Greg, many elements will appeal to fans of the format, including comic relief in the form of the town's tourist traps (e.g., giant hairballs). The art is sometimes muddled, but Espinosa provides a creative twist on supernatural themes. VERDICT While occasionally uneven, this work will entice lovers of graphic novels and the paranormal.-Lisa Nowlain, Nevada County Community -Library, CA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.