Books by Jim Di Bartolo

THE BOY WHO BECAME A DRAGON by Jim Di Bartolo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2020

"An entertaining but not entirely faithful account of the movie legend. (Graphic biography. 11-14)"
An ambitious graphic novel takes on the life of Chinese American star Bruce Lee. Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOWS by Kiersten White
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 29, 2014

"Ambitious but a failure both as a whole and in its parts. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 12-14)"
Teens square off against sinister immortals in an overstuffed muddle presented, Hugo Cabret-style, through an alternating mix of prose and wordless visuals. Read full book review >
LIPS TOUCH by Laini Taylor
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

In this illustrated collection of two short stories and one novella, which borrow elements of folklore, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism, a life-altering kiss steers the lives of three teenage girls. Embarrassed by her Old World parents, high-school junior Kizzy knows all the tricks the goblins use to steal girls' souls. But can she resist the charm of handsome new student Jack Husk when she's never been kissed? During the British Empire in India, Anamique, cursed into silence by the Ambassador to Hell, yearns for love—but at what cost? The delectable language of these stories cannot save the sluggish pacing of the final novella, in which Esme wakes to find that one of her dark eyes has turned blue. As she discovers the cause, she also learns her connection to her mother's tortuous past and the forest demons called the Druj. In the midst of these goblins, fiery gods and demons, Taylor reminds readers what makes them human. Holly Black and Melissa Marr fans will find this collection ripe for the tasting. Di Bartolo's illustrations not seen. (author's note) (Supernatural short stories. 13 & up)Read full book review >
DREAMDARK by Laini Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Thumb-sized mage/warrior Magpie Windwitch's quest to find and wake the creation-weaving Djinn moves one step closer to completion but also suffers a major reverse in this headlong sequel to Dreamdark: Blackbringer (formerly Fairies of Dreamdark: Blackbringer, 2007). On the trail of the Djinn Azazel, Magpie and her allies wing into the fairy city of Nazneen too late to prevent young Whisper, last of the Silksinger clan, and the sleeping Djinn she guards from falling into the clutches of the deliciously frightening general Ethiag and Ethiag's mysterious Master. Replete with desperate fights and flights, the plot races along to a rousing climax—and then a stunning betrayal that both renders the fairies' victory a qualified one at best and leaves the ending open for a direct segue into the next episode. Equally adept at folding in both low humor and elevated imagery and language, Taylor expertly weaves multiple story lines into another ripping yarn, once again taking readers into an uncommonly well-articulated world where the magic follows credible rules and the fairies are anything but the sugarplum sort. (Fantasy. 11-13) Read full book review >