Delicates by Brenna Thummler

            Delicates (The sequel to Sheets) – Brenna Thummler, Oni Press, 2021. 9781620107881

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

Format: Paperback Graphic novel

Genre: Realistic fantasy fiction

What did you like about the book? The end of summer is quickly approaching when Marjorie will be starting eighth grade.  She is part of a group of friends with which she really doesn’t fit.  She is also still very depressed following her mother’s death and her father’s incessant gloom.  Her little brother plays video games constantly refusing to join in any activities.  Marjorie still runs the laundry, does the shopping and cooking and caring for her brother.  She is aware of Eliza, the daughter of one of the teachers, who takes and develops her own photos, hoping she will be able to prove the existence of ghosts.  Eliza is unaware of Marjorie’s friendship with Wendell the ghost and the entire group of ghosts who inhabit the laundry.  Eliza makes overtures towards Marjorie (who is aware she is being unkind) but is always ignored when Marjorie is with her group of friends – who find Eliza a “weirdo”.

This feels like a very real slice of life in a small town with a suffering family, an outcast girl and a group of bullying (especially Tessi) girls plus Colton.  Both Marjorie and Eliza are sympathetic characters that are easy to relate to.  Eliza and her family are Black, Colton brown-skinned and other characters present as White.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No, though the constantly depressed expression on Marjorie’s face made me long for a smile.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a must-read for anyone who read and enjoyed Sheets.

Who should buy this book? Public and middle school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, most definitely if you have read the previous book, Sheets.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Editor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: September 6, 2021

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