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Sixteen-year-old Rue Silver, whose mother disappeared weeks ago, believes she is going crazy until she learns that the strange things she has been seeing are real, and that she is one of the faerie creatures, or Good Neighbors, that mortals cannot see.
Publisher: New York : Graphix, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780439855624
Branch Call Number: YA GRAPHIC GOODNEIG Black Holly v.1
Characteristics: 117 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Naifeh, Ted


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FindingJane Jan 13, 2016

That awful time known as adolescence is upon Rue Silver and with it comes the usual questions of identity, self-worth and the place you have in the world and dealing with your wacky, dysfunctional family.

Ms. Black ably turns this notion on its head when Rue discovers that her family (at least her maternal side) are of the faery, the Folk of the Air, the Sidhe, the First Race, etc. Except that’s not what most humans call them…

This first volume lures us in as Rue starts to doubt her senses, is certain she’s going mad, just like her mother, whose other nature she has never known—until after her mother disappears and Rue’s father is blamed for it and suspected of a double murder. The trouble this disappearance causes Rue shows in the first signs of the disintegration of her relationship with her boyfriend, the appearance of her menacing, maternal grandfather and the subtle telling shifts in her own nature.

There is more going on than meets the mortal eye and Ms. Black plays with this in ways both creepy and eerily splendid. While I could have wished for color illustrations, the black-and-white drawings of Ted Naifeh are very expressive and twine together the human and unhuman as Rue’s otherworldly vision shifts back and forth along with the burgeoning of her mother’s fae nature.

This book hints of a fae war looming on the horizon. I can’t wait to see how it plays out.

May 12, 2014

A quick read. Not bad. I don't know much about fairies, and I suppose the author is introducing readers to them, hoping for the same amount of interest that they've previously had in vampires, zombies, and wizards/witches.

Aug 13, 2013

The art was horrible, but the story was somewhat interesting. The main character's dress really annoyed me.

forbesrachel Aug 10, 2013

Not the most original story, or the best art, but intriguing nonetheless. Rue is not the type to sit still, she actively seeks out the answers to this mystery, and because of her faerie origins, has much room to learn about herself. this is just book one, so it deserves a chance to improve on what could end up a great modern day/ fairy tale mixture.


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