Faith Erin Hicks is back with a new book that is perfect for upper elementary school age readers. The Nameless City is the first is a series from First Second.
Publisher’s Summary:Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands once again. The natives don’t let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.
Kaidu is one such outsider. He’s a Dao born and bred–a member of the latest occupying nation. Rat is a native of the Nameless City. At first, she hates Kai for everything he stands for, but his love of his new home may be the one thing that can bring these two unlikely friends together. Let’s hope so, because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.
The book is thoughtful without being duo, letting readers see both sides of the occupation story. It is also full of action. Rat and Kaidu develop their friendship while running over the roofs and through the streets of the Nameless City. As they run, Kaidu sees the dark truths of the occupation that his Dao leaders keep hidden and Rat struggles to make sense of a friendship with a boy, whose people killed her parents.
This exciting graphic novel is the first on a trilogy.