From the Series Nola's Worlds
In Alta Donna, the weather is great, the sunsets are super, and the stars twinkle brightly. Perfect, right? No! It’s super boring. Nothing real ever happens. Everybody says I spend too much time daydreaming in my own little world. At least my dreams are more interesting than Alta Donna. But what if Alta Donna is hiding a secret? The two new kids in town are up to something. No one could be as good a baseball player as Damiano, and no one could be as charming as Inés. The moment they arrived, life in Alta Donna stopped being perfect and started getting weird. Who are they really?
I always say, if you need a puzzle solved, look for someone with a BIG imagination. And that’s me. Nola.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 9|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Graphic Universe ™|
|Number of Pages||136|
|Reading Counts! Level||3.2|
|Text Type||Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy|
|Dimensions||6 x 8.5|
|ATOS Reading Level||2.9|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||138158|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||1.0|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Original artwork, and Reviewed|
Author: Mathieu Mariolle
Mathieu Mariolle has been passionate about graphic novels ever since his father gave him a copy of the long-running Wild West comic book series Blueberry when he was five years old.
MiniKim has always had a passion for animation and art. She discovered a love of comics when attending the huge festival at Angoulême in France. MiniKim lives in Montreal, Québec.
“The art is cool, and each story is aimed at the tween. The books are packed with searching for identity and longing for friends.” —Library Media Connection
“This trilogy exudes shelf appeal…. The anime-inspired art will grab attention. Alta Donna and its fashion-forward citizens are crisply rendered in pastel hues…. These titles are visual standouts.” —School Library Journal
“Bubble-gum-tinged whimsy abounds in this stylish French graphic-novel import. . . . With its upbeat palette (courtesy of Pop), manga-inspired art and hip characters, this charmer is sure to please preteen girls.” —Kirkus Reviews
“MiniKim’s settings have a European flavor that is refreshing amid a sea of American and Japanese comics. Her characters are young but still look old enough for tween girls to identify with. A behind-the-scenes section offers an informative and funny glimpse into how the comic was created.” —Booklist
“While there’s a mystery afoot, the biggest pull for the book is the relatable main character and her situations. An offbeat humor to Nola’s difficulties gives a light feel to the whole story. Previously published in France, two subsequent volumes are also available.” --Publishers Weekly