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Paper Girls

Paper Girls

Book One

Graphic Novel - 2017
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From BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, New York Timesbestselling writer of SAGA, and CLIFF CHIANG, legendary artist of WONDER WOMAN,this gorgeous, oversized DELUXE HARDCOVER is the perfect way to experience thefirst two storylines of the smash-hit series that The Chicago Tribune named oneof the "Best Books of the Year."

Inthe early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper deliverygirls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama andotherworldly mysteries collide in this critically acclaimed story aboutnostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

Collects issues 1 through 10, alongwith EXCLUSIVE EXTRAS, and a brand-new cover from CLIFF CHIANG!
Publisher: Portland, OR :, Image Comics,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781534303348
Branch Call Number: GN VAUG
Characteristics: 320 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Paper girls. Book 1
Paper girls. 1


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Book for the January 13, 2020 meeting - In 1982, four 12-year-old girls are living their best lives as paper girls on Halloween morning when their stumble across a supernatural mystery. If you liked Stranger Things, you'll like this.

Best Writer - Brian K. Vaughan. Matt Wilson was also awarded Best Coloring in part for his work on this title.

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Mar 06, 2021

I would enthusiastically recommend reading the Paper Girls series. It the unique past, present and future coming of age story of four young women who bond one morning while delivering newspapers. Given the paper delivery scenario it is set in the 80's and has the candy colored neon pastel look of 80's fashion. Don't let the setting or situation fool you. It is very much a plot and theme set in the here and now. Five stars and serious kudos to the creators of this comic series. Read it now before the TV adaptation premieres.

Feb 24, 2021

I didn't enjoy the characters or the plot. The drawing was pretty good, though.

AndreaG_KCMO Jan 27, 2021

The storyline of this newsgirls gang is nuanced and engaging. Imaginative futuristic renderings splash each page with shifting monochromatic artwork

Dec 16, 2020

I loved this series. It has some of my favorite elements: female leads with distinct personalities, time travel, and a dynamic art style. It even takes place in Ohio (Cleveland) so that's a plus too. Because of the multiple timelines and layered plot, it's the kind of series that rewards rereading.

The whole set of six graphic novels should be read as one to get the complete story.

Appropriate for teens.

ArapahoeTina Oct 26, 2019

If you like "Saga" and want more from author Brian K. Vaughan, or are just desperate for a book about tween girls in the 80s who time travel, you won't be disappointed.

Sep 13, 2019

Going into this Graphic Novel I wasn't sure I was going to like it... since it's about a bunch of 12 year old girls, riding around on their bikes delivering newspapers. I thought why is this even geared towards adults? Turns out I was wrong and this book is a big adventure! Basically this story starts with one of the girls getting jumped along her news paper route and her most valuable walkie talkie gets stolen! Her friends were like 'no way we're 12 and walkie talkies are expensive', so they decide to go after the men who robbed her. This starts them of on a crazy adventure full of danger, aliens, and time travel! This book is a series and I have to say the cliff hanger ending has me hooked! I can't wait to see what other kind of trouble a group of 12 year olds can get into...especially with time travel involved.

Sep 09, 2019

I can see how this is wonderful, it's just not for me. Maybe I'll look into it more. Definitely worth checking out, though.

Jan 17, 2019

I read the the entire series (thus far) in one sitting. So that gives you an idea of how much I love it. Of course I love it- I have a huge crush on Brian K. Vaughan's creative geek brain. But the visuals are also fantastic- the color pallet uses contrast to evoke mood, the panel balance is great for sustained tension, and the drawings themselves have a lot of life and action and facial expression. The asides to 1980s, the asides to current tech culture, the primary conflict of 'old generation' vs 'new generation' are all entertaining, but equally thought-provoking. We still don't know exactly what's going on, more just the impressions and assumptions of everyone on either side of the war, with the 'neutral' voices being four snarky, hopeful, diverse 12 year olds. I can't get enough!

Sep 22, 2018

Paper Girls is a time travel comic that begins in 1988 starring a diverse group of teenage girls who all have paper routes. Until most of the people in their town disappear after they find a weird alien device in a basement, at which point there isn't much call for newspapers, and also they spent most of their time running for their lives, caught between two factions engaged in a time travel war, and trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

The first volume felt a little baffling, even on re-read, though it had plenty of intriguing mystery. But can I say how amazing it felt to read a science fiction comic where teen girls are the stars? The second volume included more answers about the war and deeper character development, so that's when the series really "clicked" for me. (Yes, someone does meet up with their future self, because time travel.) The third volume was a little more straightforward "stranded in the past" storyline, and I enjoyed it. So far, Paper Girls is a strong sci-fi action comic centered around girls and women, with POC, Jewish, and queer rep, and I'm looking forward to the fourth volume.

I hate to recommend a comic without discussing the art, but I don't know what to say about Cliff Chiang's art except that I always adore it.

Jun 19, 2018

I always love reading Brian K. Vaughn. Paper Girls didn't disappoint me. Vaughn is a great storyteller and character developer. This story strikes has a sort of Stranger Things vibe, so if you dig that show, this story may be a good read for you.

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Aug 30, 2017

"Terrific. Nothing spooky about basements."


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