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A quirky, fast-paced urban fantasy by esteemed author Jane Yolen

Aliera Carstairs just doesn't fit in. She's always front and center at the fencing studio, but at school she's invisible. And she's fine with that . . . until Avery Castle walks into her first period biology class. Avery may seem perfect now, but will he end up becoming her Prince Charming or just a toad?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596432796
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Series: Foiled , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 758,168
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile: GN460L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Jane Yolen is one of the most distinguished and successful authors for young readers and adults in the country. She is the author of more than 200 books--including Briar Rose, Sister Light, Sister Dark, Owl Moon, and the immensely popular The Devil's Arithmetic. Her books have won awards including the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Jewish Book Award, and two Christopher Medals. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

Mike Cavallaro is originally from New Jersey. He has worked in the New York comics and animation industries since the early '90s. Mike is a member of the web-comics collective, ACT-I-VATE, where he contributes weekly web comics, including the true-life historic memoir, Parade (With Fireworks), a 2008 Eisner Award nominee. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Foiled 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
frood42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aliera Carstairs is an excellent fencer, but outside of fencing she is awkward and socially inept. When a date with the attractive Avery Castle goes horribly wrong, Aliera puts on her fencing mask and discovers a fairy realm that only she can see and must defend. Fencing provides an intriguing premise around which the fantasy story develops, especially because it logically allows for a modern New York City teen to be skilled in swordplay, and Aliera narrates the story with a unique and entertaining voice. The art is fun and compliments the story, highlighting both Aliera's isolation and identity as a fencer, for even outside of class and competition, she stands as if she has a foil in hand, and small fencing figures are frequently used around the borders to illustrate how Aliera is feeling during her interactions with Avery. Background details, such as a crow lurking outside windows, hint at the existence of the fantasy world. The majority of the images are grayscale, reflecting Aliera's own colorblindness, but the fantasy realm springs to life with bright colors. Though this graphic novel is entertaining and interesting, the climax was not very exciting, and the fantasy realm is only briefly revealed, giving the story a feeling of being very incomplete. This is the first in a series, and this particular installment felt more like it relies too heavily on the next book, instead of being a stand-alone story. Good for junior high and high school readers.
Girl_Detective on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good beginning entry of a series. I look forward to more.
Jellyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The main character, whose name I've already forgotten, is a fencer. Her mother picks up a practice weapon for her at a sale, so it's real cheap. But it has this weird ruby attached to the hilt. Soon enough, she's putting on her fencing mask, seeing weird things, and fighting them with her weapon (you don't call it a sword in fencing, I guess).It was an interesting little story. I could like the main character and I learned things about fencing that I didn't know before.The artwork is pretty cool. The main character is severely colorblind, so it's all grey tones. Until she puts the mask on. Then the weird fairy and fantastical creatures are in color.I'd definitely recommend it for any tweens or teens who like graphic novels.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Aliera is a nationally-ranked fencer, but between school and fencing practice, she doesn't have a lot of time for a social life, other than weekly role-playing game sessions with her disabled cousin. Her fencing coach has always told her to "protect her heart," advice that's she may be following a little too well... until she meets Avery. He's a new transfer to her school, and he's almost too good to be true. Attractive and charming, he's the object of desire of every girl in school - and he's interested in Aliera. However, on their first date, Aliera puts on her fencing mask, and can suddenly see that there is an entire world of strange creatures hidden from normal view, and that no one - including herself - is quite who they had seemed to be.Review: Foiled is the first in a planned two-book graphic novel series from Jane Yolen, and it's a brilliant and engaging start. I'm a little burnt out on fairies at the moment - I've read a lot of Faerie books over the past year, and the fey were never my favorite supernatural creatures anyways - but Foiled had me totally captivated, and I'm eager to see where the story goes next, and how all of the issues Yolen sets up here eventually pan out. I was actually a little disappointed to hear that this is only planned to be a two-book series; I think there's enough potential here to provide the meat for a longer and more robust series. I'd certainly read it. Aliera's a believable teenager but also a highly relatable narrator. Fencing is woven throughout the plot as a supporting structure (each of the chapters, for example, are titled with the name of a fencing move that follows the structure of the bout and obliquely describes the action of the chapter), although it's described well enough that readers who have never picked up a fencing foil will be able to follow along just fine. The art was similarly spectacular: Carvallaro's drawings are clear and detailed, the panelling and flow are creatively done, and the contrasting use of graytones and colors is both extremely clever and occasionally totally gorgeous. Overall, I thought Foiled was clever, sharp, and attractive to read, with an interesting story that's left me anxious for the sequel to be published. 4 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: Definitely recommended for fans of YA fantasy, particularly urban fantasy, and for graphic novel fans who are interested in a creative and fun use of the medium.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aliera loves fencing and is "meh" about the rest of her life. She doesn't feel like she fits in at school, though she would love to if only for a chance to spend time with Avery, the beautiful new boy who ends up as her lab partner. This is charming, fun and lovely. Aliera is color-blind, so most of the book is drawn and colored in grayscale. However, one afternoon in Grand Central Station, Aliera discovers that the cheap practice foil her mother found at a tag sale is actually a magical weapon, and suddenly she can see in color - well, she sees all the magical beings around her in color, that is.Aliera is a compelling, strong female character, and I look forward to more of her adventures.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Good volume. I like the art style.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Aliera Carstairs is a loner. She doesn't fit into any cliques at school - which is fine by her. She's not smart enough to be a nerd. She's not preppy nor popular. Her fencing skills don't count towards jock status. She's practically invisible, until she lands the new hot boy for her science lab partner. She knows he's attractive. He especially knows he's attractive. Still, she can't help notice him. When he asks her out, she accepts knowing that she'll have to break an outing with her cousin, Each week, Aliera and her cousin play a fantasy role playing game. It's the biggest outing of the week for Aliera, who spends most of her free time fencing. She feels bad for canceling but promises to make it up to her cousin by spilling all the details. When she does meet him, the date goes horribly wrong. Aliera feels like she's seeing the world for the first time and it's nothing like she ever expected. Could he be her knight in shinning armor or her worst nightmare? My Thoughts: I don't usually read graphic novels, but there are some that I read amazing reviews and decide to pick it up. This was one of those books. I really enjoyed reading it. I'm hoping this is the start of a series as it ended just as the story was beginning. I really like Aliera. I like how she's different. I love the fencing parts to the story and how she dominates in her sport.
Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
Fencing is Aliera's life. Every day she goes to school then heads to fencing practice. She even fences on weekends when she's not visiting her disabled cousin. Fencing makes her feel strong, and she's good at it. She takes her fencing teacher's lessons seriously, particularly the one that says to guard her heart. That's why she resists when cute, popular Avery starts to show an interest in her. But since he's her lab partner in school she can't avoid him forever. Foiled by Jane Yolen is cleverly put together to correspond to action in a fencing match. Each of the fencing moves has a corresponding part of the story to go with it. Mike Cavallaro does an excellent job of illustrating both Aliera's gray colorblind world and the color she sees later, when the story takes a twist. The story touches on lots of middle-school-aged worries, such as popularity, kissing for the first time, and dating. Be aware though: near the end of the novel it morphs from this storyline into a fantasy graphic novel. The tone changes then from using fencing as a metaphor for life relationships into actually using fencing skills for protection. It's easy to see when this happens, as the drawings turn to color, but the switch may be confusing to some. It seems as though this is the first in a series for the new storyline, and it could be fun to follow it along as the story continues to play out. Aliera is a strong female character who is not afraid to show her strength. Recommended for readers aged 9 to 12.