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Title:
One trick pony
Author(s):
Hale, Nathan, 1976-
ISBN/ISSN:
9781419721281

1419721283
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Physical Description:
127 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Chiefly illustrations.
Abstract:
In a future where alien beings consume technology as a few humans try to preserve it, Strata, her brother, and a friend are separated from their caravan and, with a wonderful robotic horse, must fight their way back.
Pub Date:
Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, [2017]

©2017
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Summary

Summary

The aliens have arrived. And they're hungry for electricity. In the Earth of the future, humans are on the run from an alien force--giant blobs who suck up electrical devices wherever they can find them. Strata and her family are part of a caravan of digital rescuers, hoping to keep the memory of civilization alive by saving electronics wherever they can. Many humans have reverted to a pre-electrical age, and others have taken advantage of the invasion to become dangerous bandits and outlaws. When Strata and her brother are separated from the caravan, they must rely on a particularly beautiful and rare robot pony to escape the outlaws and aliens--and defeat the invaders once and for all.


Author Notes

Nathan Hale is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales . He also illustrated the graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge , which was an Al's Book Club for Kids selection, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens. He lives in Provo, Utah.


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Booklist Review

On a ravaged future earth, technology-hungry aliens called pipers scour the planet for salvage, leaving behind a landscape riddled with spherical gouges, as if earth was suddenly Swiss cheese. One cadre of humans is trying to preserve the earth's culture by scavenging for any remaining technology, but it's dangerous work, especially when three kids Strata, Auger, and Inby stumble on a hidden cavern packed with untouched robots, including a beautiful mechanical horse. Strata's determined to bring the horse back to their caravan, but their discovery catches the attention of a horde of pipers, and their journey home gets a lot more complicated. Hale imbues his latest with pathos, action, and perfectly timed moments of comedy, but it's the imaginative landscape, spot-on visual pacing, and confident line work that make this adventure tale really zing. The pipers are a particular treat they're elaborate, insectoid creatures with menacing, globular features and pendulous tendrils, ready to grab and annihilate anything they touch. Though it's over a bit too neatly, the suspenseful chase plot and lively characters will entrance plenty of readers.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2017 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Earth has been conquered; families traveling in caravans preserve civilization's digital archives while avoiding bioparasites called pipers that slurp up robots and other metals. Strata, Auger, and Inby, three young nomads, stumble on a cache of robots; the best prize is Kleidi, a working robotic horse. The robots call forth a lethal swarm of pipers, but Strata won't abandon Kleidi. Auger and Inby make it home with the help of Pick, a self-possessed girl from outside the caravan, and Strata and Kleidi take on the pipers, then confront their pompous overlords. Hale (the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series) pours imaginative detail and intensity into the ruins of the destroyed world, the icky details of the pipers, and his human characters. He draws in grayscale with yellow highlights, giving all things robotic and metallic a particular glow. The dialogue is distinctive, too: "You eat pigs, do you not?" one of Earth's overlords asks Strata. "Have you taken the time to converse with a pig-a small pig-as we are conversing with you now?" Hale gives his post-apocalyptic scenario special sauce, and readers will hope for more. Ages 8-12. Agency: Shannon Associates. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-In a futuristic world where hostile aliens eat and destroy all technology, three young people are out searching for machinery to salvage. They succeed when they find a cache of robots, including a robot pony, which sets off a wild chase and confrontation with bands of roaming humans, aliens, and more. Set in a land that blends Stone Age elements and highly advanced technology, this graphic novel adventure features the same mix of humor and derring-do that makes Hale's "Hazardous Tales" so popular. The artwork is in black-and-white, with shades and pops of yellow. While many aspects of the book (for instance, aliens who use bubbles as weapons) might seem cartoony, the illustrations of this epic fantasy are sophisticated, and Hale's world-building is detailed. The violence is free of gore, making this a safer choice for younger readers. VERDICT A great option for fantasy and adventure fans.-Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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