The Golden Twine

Jo Rioux
Jo Rioux

Now available as a motion comic!

In this steampunk fantasy graphic novel, an orphan girl named Suri, barely earning her keep with a traveling merchant camp, has ambitions of becoming a heroic monster tamer. Suri is convinced monster taming is her destiny, defiantly explaining to those who deride her that she was born in “the land of monsters” and “was carried into this valley in the arms of a fire-breathing dragon.” But while Suri may be brave enough to challenge a monster, she still has quite a few lessons to learn about their world. Like how sometimes the most frightening-looking monsters are actually not scary at all up-close, while a normal-looking boy can prove to be terrifying. And sometimes a perfectly ordinary object, like the ball of golden twine Suri finds in the woods, can turn out to contain the most mysterious and powerful magic she could ever imagine!

With a multilayered plot, a range of intriguing characters and a smart protagonist whose sights are set on a seemingly impossible task, this first book from Jo Rioux seamlessly lays out the fantastic world the stories inhabit. The dark and spooky illustrations are infused with an energy that leaps off the page and, along with the story's numerous plot twists and savvy humor, are sure to keep even reluctant readers flying through the pages. Besides its general appeal to readers, this book could be applied to a language arts lesson on the components of genre fiction.

978-1-55453-637-5 | Aug 1, 2012
List Price: USD $9.95, CAD $9.95
4-color 6 x 9 112 pages
Grades: 4 To 7 / Ages: 9 to 12

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Awards & Reviews

“Action-packed, easy to follow and featuring a cast of monsters inimical and otherwise, along with a winningly intrepid heroine.”
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2012
“... Rioux's full-color art sparkles with life ... readers won't feel short-changed; they will be eager for the next book.”
— Booklist, July 2012
“... a mix of adventure, excitement, mystery and humour ... This successful combination, along with a cliffhanger ending, makes The Golden Twine a highly accessible book, particularly for new readers of graphica.”
— Quill & Quire, October 2012
“The Golden Twine will appeal to reluctant readers who need an eye-catching book to grab their attention and to competent readers who appreciate a great fantasy story.”
— School Library Journal, November 2012
“This graphic novel's elegant, muted illustrations work with the story to combine humor and heart with fantastical suspense.”
— The Horn Book, April 2013
2014 - Rocky Mountain Book Award Gold Medal, Winner
2014 - Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List, Texas Library Association, Winner
2013 - Great Graphic Novels for Teens, YALSA, Commended
2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2013 - Comics for Kids, Joe Shuster Award, Winner
2013 - Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice, Short-listed

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