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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published January 31st 2019
Sometimes she has a very unladylike way of running out
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Alex Mills was brought up on her father's stories about her great-grandfather, Zane "Fishhooks" Mills, the legendary gambler, who supposedly married Lady Luck and continues to watch over the Mills family into the present day. Even after her father is killed in an accident, Alex continues to have faith in her lucky baseball bat, carved with symbols like horseshoes. Superstition filters into every area of her life, keeping her from enjoying simple things like her thirteenth birthday party. Then one day Alex defiantly steps on a crack and her mother falls into a coma. To save her mother, she must journey to Haphaven, the land where all the superstitions of Earth come from, to find the lucky rabbit's foot that will heal her.

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Penny, the leprechaun.

Haphaven is a graphic novel, created by Norm Harper (of Rikki) and Louie Joyce. It's a fun adventure story, featuring a young black heroine, who uses her courage and wits to survive and fulfil her quest. I enjoyed the original premise and the underlying message about not allowing superstition to control your life.

The story has an Alice in Wonderland vibe, full of fun, imaginative details and quirky characters. There are talking animals, steampunk leprechauns, trees that hit you back if you knock on them for luck and jinxed pistols that have unlimited, but random ammunition (eg. they might fire an umbrella or a hamster).

Haphaven is a fun graphic novel, suitable for ages of about 8 and up, though there is plenty in it for adults to enjoy too.

Disclaimer: I was given a complementary e-galley of this book by Diamond Book Distributors, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: March 2019
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