Summary: Ink Girls
This stunning graphic novel follows Cinzia, an Avvisi’s/newswriter’s apprentice living in sunny Sianerra. Cinzia and her mestra write news stories/pamphlets to the city, but not everyone likes it when they tell the truth. After an edition exposing the ruling family for extortion, Cinzia and her Mestra are arrested at night, and she has to join forces with the princess to fight back against censorship.
This book is a cross between realistic fiction and fantasy in the sense that there’s no magic or otherworldly content but the setting isn’t 100% realistic. It’s set in a reimagined Renaissance-style Italian village with a ruling family. It’s truly imaginative and there’s a fair amount of world building, which makes the story longer than your average middle grade graphic novel.
Besides the wonderfully imaginative and powerful storyline about speaking the truth despite censorship, I loved so many other narrative arcs in this book. First of which is the friendship that develops between Cinzia and the princess. The princess is misunderstood and underestimated because of her reclusive lifestyle (she seems to be on the spectrum) but she shines in her partnership with Cinzia to unravel the truth behind her Mestra’s arrest.
I also love the visuals and the diversity representation in this graphic novel. The main character has a weak leg and gets around with a walking stick, a visible disability that is rarely depicted in graphic novels. I especially loved that there’s no lecture addressing this fact–it just is the way Cinzia is and she still gets to be the star of her story. I see this book having major kid appeal, especially for fantasy lovers.
Here are some specifics to know about the content.
- Death: None
- Alcohol/substance abuse: None
- Violence: None
- Sexual content: None
- Ethnic: Racially ambiguous characters, one character wears a head covering
- Sexual orientation: None
Recommended for ages: 9+
Good for kids who like:
|Publisher details||Greenwillow Books|
|Publication date:||November 21, 2023|
|Cover artists | Designer:|
Buy This Book
More Book Reviews