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Foiled Aliera Carstairs just doesn t fit in She s invisible at high school She s too visible at the fencing gym Aliera s starting to wonderwhere does she belong

  • Title: Foiled
  • Author: Jane Yolen Mike Cavallaro
  • ISBN: 9781596432796
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • Aliera Carstairs just doesn t fit in She s invisible at high school.She s too visible at the fencing gym.Aliera s starting to wonderwhere does she belong

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    1. Calista on said:

      Another smashing story from First Second. This is Aliera is a normal teen who is interested in fencing. She excels at fencing. She also spends time with her cousin who is wheel chair bound playing role playing games. She doesn't have many friends. A new boy arrives that every girl is trying to date and he ends up asking her on her first date.During the date, we see this is not a normal story, but by the end of the story she is taken into a fantasy world she was role playing. The jewel on her wea [...]

    2. Sesana on said:

      This review is for both books in the series, Foiled and Curses! Foiled Again. I read them one right after another, so they do sort of blend together a bit in my mind. For what it's worth, I'm shelving it as both middle grade and young adult because I feel like it straddles that very hazy line between the two age groups, something that can be appreciated by older middle school students and younger high school students.I wanted to like this one more than I did, which is kind of a shame. Jane Yolen [...]

    3. Seth T. on said:

      I've being toying with the idea of giving up reviewing things I'm not especially enthusiastic about. Certainly there's something deeply self-satisfying about venting all the bile accumulated through trudging amongst particularly gruesome examples of creative detritus. It's fun and it gives both critic and reader a chance to laugh (if the reader agrees with the critic). But I'm growing less and less comfortable with the exercise as part of Good Ok Bad. After all, despite the site's title (which I [...]

    4. Mary Ann on said:

      The tweens and young teens I know eat up graphic novels faster than candy, devouring each one I bring to the library. They especially like graphic novels that combine fantasy elements, action and intrigue. It's no wonder that they have loved Foiled, by Jane Yolen. As one student said to me yesterday, "I love stories where it's just a regular kid who discovers that the world around them isn't quite as regular as they thought it was." That fits this story perfectly. Nothing is quite as regular as [...]

    5. Dov Zeller on said:

      Spoilers ahead. Ugh. I so wanted to like this one for so many reasons, but I found it pretty hard to connect with the narrative and the characters. Also, awkwardness around gender and sexuality that didn't sit right with me. (For example, because a boy's face is 'baby-ass smooth', the protagonist thinks he might be trans. Huh? And then she sees him with his shirt off and therefore knows that he's not trans. What? Um, that is so not how it works. Also, it turns out instead of being trans, he's a [...]

    6. Rhea on said:

      All of us, at some time or other, have complained about our lives. But then at some point, we remember the people who live in extreme poverty or with huge disabilities, and then we're like, "Wow. My life is actually pretty awesome."I'm a really really really picky reader, and read books only after researching them well. Lately I've been craving graphic novels, so I heard this one was okay by a single source, and gave it a shot.Now, just like I'm spoiled in life and don't oftern realize it, this [...]

    7. Sarah on said:

      I really, really wanted to love this one. I love the idea, the layout, I really liked the art and of course I love the author. I was captivated by the first half or so of the book. But something about the storytelling rhythm was a little off seemed like critical scenes were missing, like whole themes were left unexplored.

    8. Jennifer on said:

      Loved: the concept (tough smart girl who fences is charmed by new pretty boy who genuinely seems to like her) the artwork (blue-scale Ghost World-ishuntil the fairies show up) the fencing, the authentic portrayal of an adolescent crush and the New York City setting.Wasn't So Crazy About: the supernatural twist at the end, which felt clunky to me and kind of undermined the awesomeness of the first half.

    9. Yesha on said:

      Intriguing graphic novel about a spunky teen girl in NYC who is an avid and expert fencer and an awesome defender of the heartfinitely worth looking into – a fast read, amazing art by Mike Cavallero, and well-produced book you will enjoy holding in your hands.It’s the type of book where, when you finish, you go back to the beginning again, because the aha moment you have at the end illuminates all that happened before, where you may not have gotten it, but now it makes sense… That is to sa [...]

    10. Lulu (the library leopard) on said:

      *me, marking this as to-read* that take, cs pacat. i can find my own fencing comics.

    11. Molly on said:

      Aliera Carstairs is a colorblind high school student and fencing enthusiast. I was more interested in the 'real-life' storyline of this book than the fantasy elements, which only really started to come in toward the end.

    12. Raina on said:

      I'm trying to put my finger on why this wasn't a four-star book for me. I think there are a couple of things. First, I loved that the majority of the book is in black and white (like the protagonist's vision) with color coming in only when the magical element is introduced. However, when the color IS introduced, the illustration style doesn't feel in the same vein as the rest of the book, so that the otherworldly elements don't feel integrated into the world on this plane (is it plane or plain i [...]

    13. Eva Mitnick on said:

      This feels a bit like Holly Black's "Good Neighbors" graphic novel series (Kin and Kith so far), but for a younger audience. The artwork has a perky, manga-esque style that is quite different from Ted Naifeh's gothic, edgy drawings in Good Neighbors, and the story line is not nearly so dark. In fact, there really isn't much plot here at all; readers won't learn much about the importance of Aliera's ruby-topped weapon or why she and her family are Defenders or what Avery's role in all this is. I [...]

    14. Lars Guthrie on said:

      I know Jane Yolen from 'The Devil's Arithmetic.' She's also the author of one of my favorite picture books, 'Owl Moon,' and the outstanding chapter book, 'Children of the Wolf.' She's quality. I know First Second publishing, too. You can't go wrong with their collection of graphic novels. There are two spectacularly great ones, 'The Photographer' and 'Alan's War,' but I also really like quite a few of the other titles. Checking out their web site, I found out that their editorial director is Mar [...]

    15. Greyweather on said:

      bscreview/2010/05/foilI’ll start off by saying that Foiled was very much not written with someone like me, a man in his third decade, in mind. recommends the book for ages 9 through 12, which I would say is about right, as the story is rather, let us say, uncomplicated.The book starts off with an opening narration by our heroine Aliera Carstairs, a young woman in the middle of high school and a skilled foil fencer. She gives the reader a Cliff Notes guide to her sport, offering a glimpse of h [...]

    16. Shazza Maddog on said:

      First off: Jane Yolen has written a manga. :D Be still my heart.Aliera Carstairs is your typical teenage heroine - she doesn't fit in at school, her best friend is her cousin, who is homebound due to illness, and she's a fencer, preferring a foil to a rapier or an epee. The story is told from her point of view, and starts when Aliera's mother buys her a practice foil, one with a fake ruby glued to the hilt. Aliera is a confused young woman. She wants to fit in, but isn't one of the brains, or on [...]

    17. Alanna (The Flashlight Reader) on said:

      a HUGE fan of Jane Yolen books. The variety behind the different types of stories she writes always amazes me. When I came across this book while browsing for graphic novels with my son, I snatched it up for myself. This was Jane Yolen so it had to be good. Wrong. I am so disappointed with this one. The idea is good enough, but there is just something off. Aliera makes a strong protagonist. She's a fierce fencer, a mediocre student, and a loner. That's a solid combination for an interesting char [...]

    18. L11-Sharri Moses on said:

      This is a graphic novel about a girl named Aliera. She loves fencing and her mom bought her a foil at a tag sale (a foil is a sword used in fencing and Aliera is adamant about it being called a weapon). Aliera is on her own and doesn’t fit into any group in high school. She seems fine being alone until she meets a new boy in school named Avery. They become lab partners and Aliera thinks he is the cutest boy in the whole school. Avery begins to take interest in her new, ruby-handled foil that s [...]

    19. Bekah on said:

      Not the greatest graphic novel I've ever read, but it had some really great moments. Aliera is a great kid, one I really identify with. I can see a lot of myself in her. I also very much loved the friendship between Aliera and her cousin, Caroline. That was wonderful and heart-warming. We also learn something very interesting about Aliera, which is something I have never heard or seen mentioned before, when people speak of diversity. It was a little revelation type moment for me, so I'd hate to [...]

    20. Maria on said:

      Aliera is a unique teen. She's just not sure where she fits. She's a fencer, but not a jock (fencing doesn't really count, right?). She's not a goth, she's not a nerd. She's just Aliera. Dedicated fencer, devoted cousin, and role player. When a gorgeous guy becomes her lab partner, he's got to be too good to be true. I'd consider this to be "urban fantasy", and the jump from mundane to fantastic is a bit abrupt and slightly confusing. That's the main thing that bumped it down from 5 stars for me [...]

    21. Noran Miss Pumkin on said:

      I adored the cover art, and the paperback design. I loved the greens of the graphics, with the girl in brown. The drawing was nice, and the info in fencing great. So, why 2 star Noran? Well, the plot went to weird fantasy land. Girl sitting for first date with late boyfriend . Girl gets real bored waiting, so she puts on her fencing mask. The plot line, just went off the tracks and crashed & burned for me. I was like, "okay she is an over stressed girl, having her first psychotic break, with [...]

    22. Sarah Sammis on said:

      Foiled is Jane Yolen's first graphic novel. She is a prolific author, having written 300 books and her books cover as many genres and nearly as many age groups as Neil Gaiman's books do. Yolen writes about being a fan of Gaiman's in her post about writing foiled so the comparison is a fair one.As Yolen ex plains in her blog, she started the story when her grand-daughter took up fencing. Her experiences brought up memories of fencing in college. My brother briefly did fencing too so the fencing d [...]

    23. Nomi Kane on said:

      I had really high hopes for Foiled; I loved the concept - a badass female fencer who could care less about being cool fighting the inevitable feelings of her first, totally overwhelming crush - but the storytelling was really choppy. So much so that I actually thought pages of my book were missing. The dramatic scenes seemed to come almost from nowhere, with no build up, and I found myself constantly feeling like I missed something. It also seemed like there should have been some foreshadowing a [...]

    24. C.E. G on said:

      For grades 7-10 and young Buffy fans. A quick GN about a girl who fences and goes on a date with the boy she has a crush on. The second half of the book takes a twist into fantasy.While I think young people would enjoy this, I was really turned off by a few representations:1. She keeps repeating how her cousin with a disability is so brave and never complains even though she has it so hard. The cousin is too much of an angel and not much of a real person.2. The love interest sent up some red fla [...]

    25. aaron on said:

      this is a graphic novel by jane yolen that centers around a high school girl by the name of aliera. she is a fairly nondescript girl whose passion and talent lies in the art of fencing. she receives a foil (the fencing sword) from her mother who picked it up at a yard sale and the fun begins. she is drawn to a new boy in her school by the name of avery. as the novel continues we find that the sword may not be a simple as first thought and that the world around aliera isn't either. in true gaiman [...]

    26. Polly on said:

      Very good; I love this blend of high school and fairy land--most authors give this kind of story too much high school stuff, and I've never really given a darn about high school (there's nothing like not having gone to breed disinterest), except perhaps briefly when I was young enough to think being a teenager was glamorous (and of all the things I've ever been wrong about, that may be the wrongest). And of course, I like protagonists who don't do cliques, never having been any other kind of per [...]

    27. Caitlin on said:

      This is a quick read, and is pretty entertaining, but not very substantive. I loved the imaginative illustrations, and I thought it was a nice touch that when the story took a turn, color entered the pages. I liked the character of Aliera very much--definitely a well-written girl hero. I have to say though, that this story didn't have much in terms of adventure or major events. But as a beginning to a series, I think it does a nice job of giving the reader the background and setting the scene fo [...]

    28. Nick on said:

      Good, but not great. I found the realistic part to be excellent, but the fantasy to be somewhat weak. I also disliked how the fantasy element inverted some of the normal "rules" of magic, without rhyme or reason. Yes, it meant that certain plot elements were surprises, but only in the same way that an attack by flying pigs would come as a total shock. Glamours that work in full sunlight, but that get weaker in the dark? Claustrophobic trolls? What the heck?I am hoping that this is the start of a [...]

    29. jesse on said:

      1.5/5can i just say how glad i am bookshops exist? i can read books, decide whether they're worth my money (re-reading) or just good enough for reading once and then forget about it. i read this quick read in the english branch establishment of orell füssli in one sitting. the visual presentation was well enough executed, the story though was pretty unremarkable. a color-blind nerdy teen girl can see otherworldly creatures and turns out to be "the chosen one". needless to say that i will not be [...]

    30. Kathleen Houlihan on said:

      This GN made me laugh I love the main character, and I don't want to spoil it, so I'll just say I loved the Wizard of Oz (movie)part. That was really spectacular!There were so many unanswered questions, though! It was really frustrating in some respects I realize, GNrt of a seriesere's going to be a lot of unanswered questions. But I kind of felt like this was nearly a teaser trailer for book 2

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