Books by Carla Jablonski

Carla Jablonski supported herself in graduate school by editing Hardy Boys mysteries—a job she got even after confessing that she never read a single one of Joe and Frank's adventures. (She brought herself up to speed, though.) With Illustrator Leland Purvis, she has just published Defiance, the second in their Resistance trilogy, about a French family during the World War II. When she's not writing, you may find her performing as a trapeze artist. For real. Photo credt: Erika Silverstein


DEFIANCE by Carla Jablonski
FICTION
Released: July 19, 2011

"A crisp, edge-of-your seat historical tale. (Historical graphic fiction. 12 & up)"
A sharp follow-up to Resistance (2010) takes place one year after French teenager Paul Tessier joined the Resistance and helped his Jewish friend Henri escape the Nazis. Read full book review >
RESISTANCE by Carla Jablonski
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2010

Vichy, 1942: French teenager Paul Tessier, an artist never far from his drawing pad, assumes charge of his family after his father is taken prisoner by German troops. But when his Jewish best friend, Henri Levy, becomes the target of Nazi sympathizers in his small French village, Paul, along with his family, is compelled to act. They enlist in the Resistance movement and arrange to smuggle Henri to Paris, where he will join his parents in hiding. Jablonski's text admirably mixes the drudgery of day-to-day activity with the horrors of life during wartime. Her collaborator's drawings do wonders to ratchet up the intensity of the story line; Purvis's knack for facial expressions conveys a depth otherwise missing in the dialogue. The graphic design enjoys mixed success, however: While the inlays of Paul's own artwork throughout the text are quite clever, the speech bubbles are confusingly sequenced across the panels and often demand re-reading. The book's introductory exposition and appended author's note are not only helpful but necessary for young readers. An honorable attempt to illuminate the realities of life during war. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up) Read full book review >
SILENT ECHOES by Carla Jablonski
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

Jablonski is in familiar territory in this pseudo time-travel/feminist treatise. There are two main characters: The first, Lucy Phillips, is a willing participant in her father's fraudulent spiritualist racket in 19th-century New York City. They have a fairly successful act they use to fool wealthy believers when a totally unexpected thing happens. When Lucy calls out to a "spirit" in whom she has no belief, she actually hears an answer from a 16-year-old girl named Lindsay. Lindsay, in modern-day New York, deals with many of the same issues as Lucy: Awful parents need to find their own ways, figuring out who to trust and who is untrustworthy. The author does a good job of giving credible reasons for the girls' mental communications. However, Lucy is quite unlikable and her change from shyster to advocate for female rights is rushed and not well-conveyed; Lindsay's story is far more compelling. But the plot moves along quickly and will likely grab the attention of young teens. (Fantasy. 12-15)Read full book review >
THICKER THAN WATER by Carla Jablonski
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Kia's life is not a fairy tale. A high-school art student, she spends most of her time at her mother's side, watching her fade away with cancer. Forced to move in with her single father, Kia finds he's more involved with his work than interested in what's happening in his daughter's life. When depression threatens to overwhelm her, she slices thin cuts into her arms, letting her rage flow out with her blood. She knows this isn't healthy, but is so ashamed that she cannot even share it with her best friends, adding to her isolation—until she drifts into an underground society of goths posing as vampires. Finally, she's with people who accept her as she is, people with whom she can blossom into someone new and glamorous. Most exciting of all is the handsome and mysterious DJ Damon, whose sensual persona awakens feelings and concepts that are life-altering. Are vampires real? Is Damon one of them? Will he make her one, so that she can offer her ailing mother a new life? Under all this, Jablonski deals with serious issues, including the search for reality, awakening sexuality and how teenagers' perceptions of those around them impact their life choices. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >