Sephie lives in an ideal world– destined on day to rule as Minister of her land, Meridian, in her father’s place, she adores her family and friends and, most of all, the miraculous floating island she calls home. Everything changes in one horrible night– Sephie is marked with a mysterious symbol of power, her father dies, and her uncle whisks her away to his own cold and sinister court. At first Sephie is too overwhelmed by shock and despair to see the changes in her uncle– he too was marked that night and can destroy anything he chooses with a simple touch. Without any consideration for Sephie’s right to rule and driven by greed, her uncle attacks Meridian and enforces a harsh rule. Stunned out of her daze, Sephie flees back to Meridian and starts to discover the true nature of her own power.

Meridian, vol. 1: Flying Solo
ISBN: 1931484031
By Barbara Kessel
Art by Joshua Middleton, Steve McNiven, and Dexter Vines
CrossGen Comics 2001

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

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    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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