Free Women – by Jeremy Whitley, Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt

51ap-otdhil   Free Women (Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess, Book Two) by Jeremy Whitley, Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt, Action Lab, 2016.  9781632291295

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Raven’s all girl pirate crew gets to know one another on their way to the Island of Free Women. I love that the crew represents a variety of ways to be a girl (butch, girly, etc) and that lots of skin hues and ethnicities and personalities are at play. Also, how to be a leader. Back stories (from Book One and the previous Princeless series) are touched on but may not be enough if you haven’t read Book One. Still, this is a great girl-centered action/adventure/fantasy graphic novel.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Sometimes it was hard to differentiate the characters.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Definitely hand this to fans of the first Princeless series, even though it’s written for a slightly older (9+) crowd. Kids who like Hatke’s Zita the Space Girl or Deutch’s Hereville will like this.

Who should buy this book? Middle school, high school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels – children or teen

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: January 15, 2017

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