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Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2008
Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2008 January 28, 2009
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Congratulations to Youme Landowne and Anthony Horton! Their book PITCH BLACK: DON'T BE SKERD was selected as one of the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2008 by the YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) of the American Library Association at their annual Mid-Winter conference in Denver. You can see the full list announcement here, including the Top Ten list.

PITCH BLACK is a collaboration between Youme and Anthony, and is Youme’s second book.

To watch a video of Youme talking about Pitch Black, please go to our Cinco Puntos Press blog. Youme was at our booth at the 2009 Midwinter American Library Association Conference before we knew that her book was a prize-winner.

Kirkus Reviews
"A white, female artist looking at subway posters meets an African-American man, and they strike up a conversation about life and art as they ride the subway up and down the line. He tells her the story of his life: He was given up for adoption as a baby, but his adopted family didn't want him and he found himself on the streets, which, although harsh, were preferable to the shelters. "That is where the real pain started. People died there every day. And every day they came back." Sleeping on subways lasted until the cops chased him into the tunnels, where he found a whole new way of life.

"Muralist and book artist Landowne met Horton shortly after the release of her 2004 picture book Selavi; the two collaborate here to bring Horton's story of perseverance and hope to print, and the fluid black-and-white sequential panels tell it well. The horrors attendant on homelessness are not sugarcoated, and the language is as raw and gritty as one might expect. Powerful. (Graphic memoir. YA)"

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