A gorgeous, provocative debut graphic novel about the power of friendship and finding the courage to be one's true self.
Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There's a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. And what's printed in the newspapers now matters more than ever.
But Blue struggles with her secret, and worries that if her friends and adopted family at the Bugle find out that she's a girl, she'll lose everything and everyone she cares about. And when she meets and befriends Crow, a boy who is also not what he seems, together they seek the freedom to be their true selves... and to save each other.
About the Author
Ru Xu grew up in Indianapolis and received a degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the creator of the popular webcomic Saint for Rent, and NewsPrints is her first graphic novel. Her favorite things include historical fiction, fat birds, and coffee-flavored ice cream. Visit Ru online at ruemxu.com and on Twitter at @ruemxu.
*"This excellent and unique offering features strong world-building and an original storyline." - School Library Journal, starred review
"With rich coloring, retro cityscapes that hark to the era of newsies, and a miscellany of steampunk gadgetry, it's an enjoyable romp that considers how hidden secrets shape who people become." - Publishers Weekly
"A fantastic story about friendship, and a strong debut graphic novel!" - Kazu Kibuishi, #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Amulet
"Ru Xu's gorgeous illustrations and heartfelt writing makes NewsPrints a graphic novel I want to reread again and again." - Faith Erin Hicks, New York Times bestselling author of The Nameless City
"Xu's manga-influenced art is full of movement and life." - Eva Volin, Children's Librarian, Alameda Free Library