Graphic Novel - 2010
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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?

Publisher: New York ; London : First Second, 2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596432796
Branch Call Number: YA GN FOILED
Characteristics: 160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cavallaro, Michael 1969-


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Nov 01, 2019

I liked the plot and the illustrations in this book. Near the end, it took a turn I didn't expect, and I don't know how to feel about it. I still enjoyed this graphic novel.

ArapahoeStaff12 Jun 21, 2017

This was a really fun book. Aliera Carstairs is unpopular at school but is very good at fencing. When her mom buys her a new practice foil her world begins to change. A beautiful boy asks her out on a date and she begins to see mythical creatures and learns that she is the defender of the world. This story is great, it's got love, fencing, trolls and dragons! (Oh my!)

FindingJane Jan 27, 2016

The simple elegance of fencing is both backdrop and main event in this story about a girl with a startling destiny. For most of the book, this looks to be nothing more than a story about a solitary girl whose grace and superior skill at fencing makes her completely inadequate at dealing with her first high school crush. That is perfectly fine; Ms. Yolen proves more than adept at getting in the head of her teenaged protagonist. She reminds older readers just how fraught with tension early infatuation was, how our chosen field of study and the adults we knew didn’t prepare us for the churning anxiety that attended a first date, first kiss, first anything.

But this is Jane Yolen and devotees of her fantasy work won’t be disappointed to learn that there is more cooking here than meets the eye. Goodness knows I was pleasantly surprised! Telling about Aliera’s revelations would be spoiling and this reviewer can’t bring herself to do it. If you adore fantasy in general and Ms. Yolen’s writings in particular, go out of your way to find “Foiled”.

Jan 27, 2015

Oh how I love this book! I recommend it to both older kids / teens and adults. Heck, my kid isn't even old enough to enjoy it yet but I've read it multiple times!

Aliera, a teenage girl with color blindness who doesn't really fit in at school, ends up with a secondhand foil for her competitive fencing... and a whole lot more than that. Fairies? Trolls? Supposedly cute boys who are really anything but? Yep! Aliera's relationship with her cousin and best friend Caroline adds a sweet note. Cavallaro's art is gorgeous, particularly as Aliera starts to see in color for the first time.

0Charlie Oct 09, 2013

I have enjoyed other works by Jane Yolen and was curious to see a graphic novel by her. I found the format somewhat confusing and, therefore, had a problem following the story. Didn't find anything especially new to the young-person chosen-to-be-the-saviour/protector of-the-world-from-evil/magical-forces plot. It is book one of the series and possibly will be clarified in future works.

forbesrachel Jul 17, 2013

Aliera is a girl who can't find her place in the world, she is a typical teenage girl in some ways for she has difficultly with boys, but in other ways she is very strong. Her perspective on the world is emphasized through the colours, for she is colour blind and only sees greys. That is until something strange happens and coloured fairy tale creatures appear. As this is the first volume it is not clear yet what this fantasy world is that has popped into her reality, but it seems to have a purpose where it will help her to discover her true self. She is a very likeable narrator, and one you that can empathize with. Fencing is a huge part of her life, and so it is explained in detail, all the chapters are named after a different technique and are accompanied by a simple sketch showing what it is.


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