Books by Sasha Watson

VIDALIA IN PARIS by Sasha Watson
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Watson's supple, low-key first novel distills beautifully the feelings of excitement that a young art student experiences when in Paris for the first time. On an art scholarship in Paris with her East Hampton, N.Y., high school for the summer, Vidalia Sloane is delighted to meet two potential boyfriends almost instantly. Julien is a clerk at the legendary Shakespeare and Company bookstore, truly kind and a good listener; Marco is the charismatic friend of her chilly host family, whose involvement in the art world is on the shady side. Uneducated but daring, Marco thinks of himself as a kind of Robin Hood and persuades the smitten young woman to steal art with him. However, as a developing artist herself, Vidalia begins to suffer pangs of guilt. She works to sort out her conflicting feelings for Marco even as she struggles to prove her independence from her rather neurotic, agoraphobic mother and to navigate art classes and messy friendships back home. Watson portrays Paris with a doting accuracy and delineates all the torments of first love. (Fiction. 12 & up) Read full book review >
SARDINE IN OUTER SPACE by Emmanuel Guibert
Released: May 1, 2006

Taking a seat in first class aboard the graphic-novels-for-preteens train, this import features a carrot-topped lass who travels the starways with her piratical uncle Yellow Shoulders, foiling the plots of Supermuscleman, nefarious Chief Executive Dictator of the Universe. Presented in small sequential panels of brightly hued cartoon art and spacious dialogue balloons, Sardine's adventures take her from the space prison Azkatraz to Planet Discoball (for a dance contest presided over by Empress Laser Diskette and her offspring, Prince Beejeez), from encounters with deadly, as well as thoroughly nerve-wracking, Honkfish to a deliciously violent round of "No-Child-Left-Behind-School II," a virtual game. With nonstop action, humor geared to multiple levels of cultural awareness and the promise of more episodes to come, even readers stubbornly resisting the trendy format's lure will find that, as Supermuscleman sneers shortly before gorily blasting his own foot, "Resistance is futile." (Graphic novel. 7-9)Read full book review >