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Sisters, de Raina Telgemeier – Scholastic, 2014.

Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years. But when a baby brother enters the picture, and later, when something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

Un roman graphique touchant (et parfois drôle) sur la relation entre deux soeurs. Raina a longtemps voulu avoir une petite soeur. Mais il s’avère que vivre avec elle au quotidien n’est pas si facile. Les tensions entre Raina et Amara sont nombreuses, la communication souvent difficile. Mais on sent malgré tout qu’un lien fort les unit et que les années leur permettront de s’apprécier de plus en plus.

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Out of my mind, de Sharon M. Draper – Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010.

Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people—her teachers, her doctors, her classmates—dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

Un roman très touchant sur le handicap, et surtout sur l’énorme combat que va mener Melody pour, enfin, se faire « entendre » et communiquer avec ses proches et les autres. Du haut de ses onze ans, cette jeune fille nous donne un belle leçon de vie, et surtout de courage. Une lecture coup de coeur !

Everything, everything, de Nicola Yoon – Ember, mars 2017.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Autant j’avais beaucoup apprécié The Sun is Also a Star, autant ce roman ne m’a pas emporté. Je me suis attachée à aucun des personnages, et l’histoire ne m’a pas ému plus que ça. Je suis restée à côté de cette histoire, à côté de cette rencontre, à côté de cette romance, à côté de cette folle envie de se sentir vivante ressentie par Maddy. La fin, avec son énorme rebondissement, m’a toutefois bien surprise, je ne l’avais pas vu venir. Mais ce fut une lecture trop mitigée, trop inégale pour l’apprécier pleinement.

Wrinkles, de Paco Roca – Fantagraphics Books, 2016.

Retired bank manager Emilio, suffering from Alzheimer’s, is taken to an assisted living home by his son. Confused and disoriented by his new surroundings, he finds unexpected support in his roommate Miguel, a brash rogue and overconfident ladies’ man. Together, they employ clever tricks to keep the doctors from noticing Emilio’s ongoing deterioration — and keep him from being transferred to the dreaded confinement of the top floor of the facility. (“Better to die than to end up there.”) Their determination to stay active as individuals and maintain their dignity culminates in a nighttime escape and joyride and adds a dash of adventure to their otherwise tedious day-to-day routine. While for some residents, the home is a place to wind down their lives, for Emilio and Miguel it becomes, in a quirky way, a new beginning. With echoes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Cocoon, Paco Roca squarely addresses the fears of growing old and isolated in a work infused with remarkable humor, humanity, and sensitivity. Wrinkles was adapted into an award-winning international animated film in 2011, with Martin Sheen and Matthew Modine voicing the main characters in the English version. Wrinkles swept all the top Spanish comics awards, including the National Comics Award and Best Spanish Comic Strip and won Italy’s Gran Guinigi Award. Paco Roca won the Goya Award for his screenplay adaptation for the animated film, in addition to other international awards for his work as a comics artist.

Un roman graphique très émouvant sur la maladie d’Alzheimer, sur la vieillesse et la solitude aussi. On suit l’évolution de cette terrible maladie à travers le personnage d’Emilio, qui intègre un jour la maison de retraite, alors qu’il se croit encore en activité. La dure réalité va le rattraper, petit à petit, avec des moments douloureux de clairvoyance parfois. Il est entouré et soutenu par Miguel, résident et camarade de chambrée. Tous deux refusent de se laisser aller, et cherchent la moindre occasion pour avoir le sentiment d’être encore vivants et surtout présents. Les planches et les dessins de Paco Roca reflètent une certaine douceur, comme un signe de respect envers nos anciens. A lire absolument !

  

Gaijin : American Prisoner of War, de Matt Faulkner – Hyperion Books, 2014.

With a white mother and a Japanese father, Koji Miyamoto quickly learns that his home is no longer a welcoming one. Streetcars won’t stop for Koji, and his classmates accuse him of being an enemy spy. When a letter arrives from the government notifying him that he must go to a relocation center for Japanese Americans, he and his mother are forced to leave everything they know behind. Once there, Koji soon discovers that being half white in the internment camp is just as difficult as being half Japanese in San Francisco. Koji’s story, based on true events, is brought to life by Matt Faulkner’s cinematic illustrations, which reveal Koji struggling to find his place in a tumultuous world—one where he is a prisoner of war in his own country.

Nous avons visité le Manzanar National Historic Site l’année dernière. Du coup, quand je suis tombée sur ce livre à la librairie, j’ai eu envie de le lire. C’est un moment sombre de l’Histoire américaine qui est évoqué ici ; celui pendant lequel un très grand nombre de Japonais, ou de personnes ayant des origines japonaises, ont dû tout quitter, après l’attaque de Pearl Harbor, pour intégrer de force des camps d’internement (comme celui de Manzanar en Californie). Certains y sont restés des années. L’histoire de Gaijin est celle de Koji, un adolescent américain, dont le père est japonais. Il va devoir intégrer un camp, avec sa mère qui ne peut se résoudre à l’abandonner. Un roman graphique émouvant doté d’une très belle colorisation.

  

Forbidden, de Tabitha Suzuma – Simon Pulse, 2010.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right.

Quel CLAQUE ce roman… Jamais encore je n’avais achevé une lecture dans un tel état… Je suis encore à terre… Je cherche par où commencer, quoi dire, quoi écrire, quoi penser… Je suis totalement perdue face à cette histoire… Les émotions ressenties sont très nombreuses, très fortes, si fortes… Jamais un roman ne m’a fait affronter une telle situation, une telle intrigue, un dilemme pareil… Aller jusqu’à accepter l’inacceptable ? … Tout est chamboulé…  Un livre qui me hantera bien longtemps c’est certain. Mais un livre à lire absolument (en VO) !

Fish Girl, de David Wiesner (texte et dessin) et Donna Jo Napoli (texte) – Clarion Books, 2017.

Who is Fish Girl? What is Fish Girl? She lives in a tank in a boardwalk aquarium. She is the main attraction, though visitors never get more than a glimpse of her. She has a tail. She can’t walk. She can’t speak. But she can make friends with Livia, an ordinary girl, and yearn for a life that includes yoga and pizza. She can grow stronger and braver. With determination, a touch of magic, and the help of a loyal octopus, she can do anything.

Mettez-moi un livre de David Wiesner entre les mains et je suis déjà ailleurs, loin, loin, très loin. C’est toujours un voyage particulier. Cet auteur/illustrateur a une telle imagination ! J’ai été totalement emportée par cette fabuleuse histoire, par cette soif de liberté et d’indépendance qui grandit chaque jour en Mira. A lire absolument !

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