Wingbearer by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Teny Issakhanian

Wingbearer by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Teny Issakhanian. Quill Tree Books, 2021. 9780062741158 

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

Format: Paperback graphic novel

Genre:  Fantasy/Adventure

What did you like about the book? Zuli has only ever known life in Birdsong, a magical place where bird’s souls are reborn. The only family she knows are the spirit Guardians and Frowly, an actual owl, who used to live in the real world.  Her adventure begins as bird souls stop getting reborn.  A guardian, Little Red, is sent out and when she does not return, Zuli and Frowly are sent in search of the problem. As they travel they run into Orien, a goblin, and others who help them on their journey of discovery.  The theme of acceptance is also not lost throughout the text. The author and illustrator do a wonderful job of establishing this fantasy world and setting.  Photoshop illustrations are detailed and add life to the plot as they move the storyline forward. The engaging drawings are sure to make this a hit with readers. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? Not a negative, but the hero’s journey template can be predictable. 

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 3 to 8, who enjoy nature, fantasy, and graphic novels would like this title.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for upper elementary schools or public libraries that cannot get enough fantasy-based graphic novels with strong female protagonists.

Where would you shelve it? 741.5

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside near the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: January 2, 2022

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