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Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Before she was Catwoman, she was just Selina, a girl trying to make it in a tough living situation. When things go from bad to worse, Selina finds herself homeless and on her own. As she finds new friends she begins to find her way in her new world, and she is set to become something more.
This short comic features a well-known character’s (Catwoman) origin story. This is part of DC’s new “DC Ink” imprint which is bringing familiar characters new stories written by well-known YA authors. Under the Moon, written by Lauren Myracle (author of “ttfn” and “ttly”) and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart, features beautiful artwork, and a quick pace. It includes some dark themes and a smidge of romance. As an origin story, it is clearly leading to more Catwoman stories to come.
Readers who are fans of DC, those who are looking for strong female leads, comics readers, and those looking for a short read will love this book.
The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
Philomel Books/ Penguin Random House
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Ella Black has always known that there was something wrong with her: she’s always wanted to do bad terrible things, like killing small animals or hurting the people that she loves. When her parents take her out of school in London without warning and fly her to Rio, she figures that they probably have found out the horrible truth about her. The actual truth is much more complex, and Ella must make painful choices to protect herself and become free.
The premises of this book are often unlikely, but it is always interesting and unexpected. Ella has a clear voice, and is an intriguing if unreliable narrator.
The Truth and Lies of Ella Black will appeal to fans of Little Monsters by Kara Thomas, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and the My Favorite Murder podcast.