Book two in a children’s graphic novel series, with more books to come. (Nobrow)
Crossover appeal with adults
Perfect for fans of the Amulet Series or books by Shaun Tan.
Nightlights was a runaway success and was met with starred reviews (Kirkus, PW, BCBB) and covers the adventures of Sandy, a girl who makes friends with a specter disguised as a little girl. Sandy used her smarts to avoid entrapment in a bad situation.
Themes of conservationism, suggestions of Zen Buddhism. Strong, young, female protagonist overcoming adversity who earns about how to create meaningful relationships around her.
Author is Columbian
Quick Pitch: Raina Telegmeiger meets Miyazaki with Latin American twist.
Winner of the 2019 Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award from Comic Con International
Finalist for Pop Culture Classroom's 2020 EGL Award, Best in Middle-Grade Graphic Literature and the Mosaic Award
Finalist for Maryland's 2020 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for Graphic Novels, Grades 4-6
"Alvarez has a marvelous gift for creating original and enticing flora and fauna in unexpected color combinations; these are worlds readers will wish to enter."
—School Library Journal
"The artwork is surreal and striking and the palette sumptuous. The story is set in Bogotá, the artist capturing the atmosphere of her hometown in all its color and variety. The characters in the book are as varied as their city, depicted in a range of skin colors that attests to its multiracial character."
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"Alvarez unveils a stunningly beautiful follow-up to Nightlights, featuring the same protagonist in a strange new environment . . . Bright, white, and dark colors all battle for space as each represents something different – life, absence, and evil, respectively. Alvarez’s art is a treat that brings her story alive."
—Youth Services Book Review
"The story is epic, about creation and destruction. The color and design and endlessly flowing art in Hicotea is just as lovely and imaginative as Nightlights . . . the images are worth getting lost in, and the books can be looked at over and over, with new things discovered every time."
—Johanna Draper Carlson for Comics Worth Reading
"This is a layered, complex tale, and to call Alvarez’s artwork a visual delight would be criminally understated. Filled with rich colors, tremendous detail, and tons of atmosphere it is a book for reading slowly and then a book for reading multiple times. The worlds Alvarez creates are utterly entrancing, and I look forward to Sandy’s next journey."
—Julie Danielson for Kirkus Reviews
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