Spring 2023

Strange Alliances

Book 2

From the Series Seekers of the Aweto

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Xinyue, a treasure hunter turned guardian of a baby deity, has escaped death—and awakened in a strange new land.

Qiliu, the boy he once called brother, has been captured by enemies—and must tamp down his rage long enough to make his next move. Faced with wolf raiders, frog royalty, and killer plants, both young men will have to choose allies carefully as powerful forces emerge.

In Seekers of the Aweto, a poetic adventure across medieval China, roguish bands of “seekers” chase a plantlike treasure that may lead to fortune and even eternal life. Acclaimed artist and storyteller Nie Jun (My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder) presents an environmental fantasy rich with mystery, betrayal, and an adorable baby deity.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 136
Publication Date 2023-05-02
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF010100, JUV016030, YAF058220
Dewey 741.5/973
Dimensions 7.5 x 10.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Nie Jun

Nie Jun began drawing at an early age by copying lianhuanhua (Chinese sequential art). He later discovered the cartooning legends of Europe, Japan, and elsewhere. He lives in Beijing and teaches drawing to university students.

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“Nie Jun’s striking gray washes and warm watercolors add to the story’s serious and humorous beats; but more so, they once again invite readers to delve into a unique, dreamy fantasy world ripe with redemption arcs and its own mythology.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Light background washes of color are pleasing to the eye, while pops of more saturated tones add emphasis.”—Kirkus Reviews