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November 23, 2008

43 Down, 9 To Go "Aya of Yop City" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie's Aya was one of last year's most pleasant comics surprises. The sequel, Aya of Yop City picks up where the original left off, the paternity of Adjoua's baby is a concern, Bintou meets a Parisian playbly, and Aya, still the serious one, teaches Herve to read.

Oubrerie's illustrations are as expressive and charming as the original book's, and the characters have matured and must face the consequences of their actions while Abouet never loses the often slapstick humor that holds the graphic novel together. Aya of Yop City has me waiting for the third book in the series.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is Jamilti And Other Stories, by Rutu Modan.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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