The Sand Warrior (5 Worlds, #1) by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel, illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun, Random House, 2017. 9781101935866
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Fantasy/graphic novel
What did you like about the book? Young Oona Lee is a student at the prestigious Sand Dancer Academy on Mon Domani, the center of culture and history of all the five worlds. As everyone reminds her, she is not nearly as successful as her big sister, who is now missing. When another planet, Toki, tries to conquer Mon Domani and destroy the precious life there, Oona knows she has to act fast to find her sister and save her world. She teams up with An Tzu, a slum-dweller, and Jax Amboy, a superstar athlete, and the three set out across the 5 worlds to save them all. High fantasy with complex magic and societies. Gorgeous illustrations in a truly beguiling color palette, with diverse characters and non-stop action and adventure. Although Oona and her friends are fighting Toki’s plans for world domination, peace and environmental preservation are the aims of the young people. Readers will find the characters and their quests relatable and exciting.
Anything you didn’t like about it? It took study of the endpapers and flap copy to understand the 5 worlds.
To whom would you recommend this book? Offer this to kids age 9-12 who liked Hatke’s Zita the Space Girl and Winick’s Hilo.
Who should buy this book? Elementary, middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels
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: May 28, 2017