The Girl Who Owned a City: The Graphic Novel

The Girl Who Owned a City: The Graphic Novel


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A deadly virus killed every adult on Earth, leaving only the kids behind. With her parents gone, Lisa is responsible for her little brother, Todd. She has to make sure they stay alive. Many kids are sick or starving, and fierce gangs are stealing and destroying everything they find. Lots of people have given up, but on Grand Avenue, some kids are surviving. Because of Lisa.

Lisa figured out how to give the kids on Grand Avenue food, homes, and protection against the gangs. But Tom Logan and his army are determined to take that away and rule the streets themselves. How long can Lisa's group keep fighting them off? They need to find a place to live safely. A strong place. A secret place.

In a world like this, someone has to take charge. But does Lisa have the strength to take charge of a whole city?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761356349
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 174,416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: GN420L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

O. T. Nelson has said that he wrote The Girl Who Owned a City because he wanted "children to realize that they are important and that they have the ability to think and make a difference." Mr. Nelson is an artist and writer who lives in Minnesota with his wife. He has two adult children.

Joëlle Jones launched her artistic career in 2006. Among her varied projects are the illustrations for three titles by Jamie S. Rich—12 Reasons Why I Love Her, You Have Killed Me, and Spell Checkers; the comic-book spinoff of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog; the Iron Man story in Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man #150 by Brian Michael Bendis; and Janet Evanovich's bestselling graphic novel Troublemaker. She lives in Oregon.

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The Girl Who Owned a City: The Graphic Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was forced to read this book in school, but it was the best book i ever read and belive me with the all the books in my house that is saying some thing
SDPogue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The original The Girl Who Owned a City was written in 1975. This year it has been adapted into graphic novel form. This is an amazing and powerful story of survival.Lisa and her brother Todd live in a suburb of Chicago. All the adults have died due to a bizarre virus. Children are now forced to fend for themselves. They are weak and hungry. Lisa is different. She spends her time coming up with plans to find food and supplies. It doesn¿t take long before the rest of the children start to notice.There are gangs in her area and one robs her brother when Lisa is out scavenging. She decides it¿s time to bring together her neighbors so they can protect each other. Eventually, the group moves to the high school and together they build a ¿city¿. This is Lisa¿s city and she has to defend it. Things get bad and she has to step up as the leader she was meant to be.O.T. Nelson¿s story is a testament to the power children can have. It¿s a tale of survival against the most awful odds. I recommend this for children of any age (except those who are sensitive to blood and violence). The violence is minimal but one character does get shot.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got an eGalley of this graphic novel though NetGalley(dot)com. I have never read the original work by O.T. Nelson so I can't compare to that. This was a very entertaining read though; the art was well done and I really enjoyed it. Something horrible happened and everyone over the age of twelve died and turned into dust. Now the kids are left to survive on their own. Lisa decides to claim a building as her own and build a city for kids to come and shelter at. She organizes the city and gets it running to provide food, protection, and shelter for all of the kids that dwell there. When a opposing faction from the city comes and tries to take over Lisa's city, Lisa and her kids find themselves in a lot of trouble.The art throughout this story is very well done. The art is easy to follow, done in beautiful full color and matches the tone of the story well. I thought the story itself was a bit un-realistic and unbelievable. Especially the way Lisa resolves the competition between her city and the opposing army; I thought this was anti-climatic and unrealistic. The idea of a world where only kids survive is an interesting one though and being that it is kids trying to deal with all of this some of the immature decisions the characters make ends up making more sense than you would think. Lisa is a complicated character; she does some good and some bad. She is trying hard to help the kids survive but the fact that she wants her city to be a sort of dictatorship really makes you stop and think. The side characters are all fairly interesting as well; I was surprised at the depth of the story and at how many different societal and survival issues it tackles.Overall this was a very entertaining reading. The illustration and art throughout the story is detailed, colorlful, and beautiful...I really enjoyed it. The story itself has more depth than you would expect and tackles some interesting societal and survival issues. I had some trouble swallowing parts of the plot though; certain parts were just too unbelievable and too unrealistic. The part of the book where Lisa and the enemy army finally resolve their conflict delivered an interesting message but felt completely contrived to me. This book is appropriate for young adult and older. I recommend it for readers who enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction with a touch of a dystopian feel to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is all about survivle and not getting attaked. I am reading this book at school and it is the first bookbi really injoyed i love it to death the only thing that i dont like is it says a bad word in the text but thats not that bad i am almost done this wonderful book i am at chapter 16 with only one more to go. P.S please make this into a movie! Thanks, Caylee
DelilahC More than 1 year ago
it is awesome when i got it was so addicting