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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Good Reads: The Plain Janes

Title: The Plain Janes
Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artist: Jim Rugg

After a bomb explosion forces her family to move from Metro City to the suburbs, Jane has trouble fitting in at her new school. When she meets three other Janes (all of whom are as out of place as she is), they form a group called P.L.A.I.N. that tries to create simple art around town to make people happy. Unfortunately, not everyone in town loves their work and officials begin cracking down to prevent more "art attacks."

Castellucci creates a believable set of characters, each unique and enjoyable. Her straight-forward story meshes well with Rugg's art. The art stays away from the over-exaggerated superhero style and presents the characters in a clean, normal look that enhances the story.
Keep an eye out for Janes In Love, which is released in August.
The Plain Janes is located in YA non-fiction: 741.5983 Castellucci

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