Review: The Ballad of Yaya Vol. 1: Fugue

Genre: Coming-of-age, War Fiction, Children’s Story, Graphic Novel

Written by: Jean-Marie Ormont, Patrick Marty, Charlotte Girard

Series: The Ballad of Yaya, 1

Illustrations: Golo Zhao

Number of Pages: 96

My Rating:

Fugue is the first volume of The Ballad of Yaya. It follows the adventures of Yaya and Tuduo in war-torn Shanghai.

Yaya is a talented 8-year old girl who single-mindedly follows her wish to audition for a piano performance. She sneaks out of her home the morning her family is set to leave town to escape the war. While Tuduo is a young street acrobat. Homeless and abused by the gang boss he’s working for, he decides to entrust his younger brother to a monastery and flee from the town himself. Together, Yaya and Tuduo must muster up the courage to face the painful realities of war and growing up.

Jean-Marie Omont, Patrick Marty and Charlotte Girard wrote this great adventure of the dynamic duo. Golo Zhao’s illustrations gave the prose richer imagery that evokes a myriad of emotions. The Ballad of Yaya is a nine-part comic series targeted to both young and mature readers. If you have seen and loved Grave of the Fireflies, you should also read this great work.

The Ballad of Yaya Vol 1: Fugue is expected to be released on April 23rd 2019 by Lion Forge

ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for my review.

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Book Review | The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness

Chaos Walking #1
ISBN 9780763676186
Thriller, Suspense, Spy fiction


Literary Awards

Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (2008), James Tiptree Jr. Award (2008), Green Mountain Book Award (2012)em>

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in Prentisstown, New World. He is one month awayfrom becoming an adult. With a dog as his only friend, he is impatient toturn thirteen and be among the 146 men in the all-male community.


In the New World, everyone hears everybody else’s thoughts. Noise is everywhere resulting from the virus released by the alien race during a brutal war. The virus left all women dead and men infected with the Noise. When Todd finds a hole in the Noise which is a girl, he is forced to flee from Prentisstown.

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