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The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan

The Storm in the Barn

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The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
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Sep 27, 2011 | ISBN 9780763652906
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    Sep 27, 2011 | ISBN 9780763652906 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

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Superb graphic-novel evocation of childhood’s yearning and triumphs. Phelan turns every panel of this little masterpiece into a spare and melancholy window into another era, capturing an unmistakable sense of time and place… All the more impressive is how he balances fleet pacing (thanks to low word density) with a thoughtful, contemplative homage to storytelling and storytellers, which, in the tradition of the greatest tall tales, presents an empowering message that all a child needs to change the world is courage and ingenuity.
—Booklist (starred review)

A thoughtful, contemplative homage to storytelling and storytellers, which, in the tradition of the greatest tall tales, presents an empowering message that all a child needs to change the world is courage and ingenuity.
—Booklist (starred review)

Children can read this as a work of historical fiction, a piece of folklore, a scary story, a graphic novel, or all four.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

The spare, sketchy lines and soft washes of the mixed-media illustrations underscore the haziness of the dust-filled air…Phelan sensitively conveys the growing despair of the community as they watch their land languish…With its appealing format and touch of fantasy, this tale of coming of age in hard times will entice readers who may otherwise be indifferent to historical fiction.
—Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books (starred review)

Measured, masterful panel pacing….use of color is simply stunning…potent subtext informs both Jack’s climactic showdown with the rain figure and the book’s tender, triumphant resolution.
—The Horn Book (starred review)

Awards

Scott O’Dell Award For Historical Fiction WINNER

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