Zebrafish SPF 40

Sharon Emerson

Book - 2013

Zebrafish the band has disbanded, at least for the summer, but the members continue to try to make a positive difference in the world through different projects, including inspiring campers at Stickleback Arts Camp to seize the day.

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Series
Zebrafish
Subjects
Genres
Graphic novels
Published
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers c2013.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Item Description
"At head of title on cover: Peter H. Reynolds and FableVision present."
Physical Description
117 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781416997092
1416997091
9781416997085
1416997083
Main Author
Sharon Emerson (-)
Corporate Author
FableVision Studios (-)
Other Authors
Renée Kurilla (illustrator), Peter H. (Peter Hamilton) Reynolds, 1961- (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The graphic novel Zebrafish (2010) introduced a group of teens that organized a band to support cancer charity work. This sequel about the group's post-band summer (which was also produced by author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and his FableVision children's media company) comes sharply into focus at the moment that band member Tanya, now a camp-counselor-in-training, discovers that a diabetic camper, Scott, has fallen ill—and it's her fault. Tanya was holding on to the pack with the remote control to his insulin pump, but she handed it off casually to someone else. "Scott said you had his—" starts her friend Plinko, and she's instantly stricken. "His pack! I do! I did!" It's a vivid depiction of the kind of absentminded mistake that's easy to make, but the rest of the story never achieves that immediacy. The dialogue and full-color cartoons are lively, and the kids are involved in worthwhile summer projects, yet the more sobering elements of the story—Tanya's leukemia (now in remission), Scott's diabetes, Vita's older brother's cancer research—seem at odds with the overall narrative arc, which is determinedly cheerful. Ages 10–14. (June)¦ [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 6–10—After a successful year, a band's members go their separate ways for the summer: Walt and Jay run a bookmobile, Vita tries to avoid responsibility and Plinko and Tanya are counselors-in-training at a camp where they meet enthusiastic Coley and cautious, restrained Scott. The artist's work in this follow-up to Zebrafish (S & S, 2010) seems somewhat more confident and smoother. However, readers unfamiliar with the characters may feel a bit at sea. There is little exposition about prior circumstances or relationships, and the fact that the characters have split into three camps (one literal) makes the story jagged and jumpy-it's less a sequential narrative than a series of character moments over time. Word balloons are occasionally placed in an order or position that confuses, and there are frequent blocks of dialogue that come across as staid because they are paired with a single, immobile image that can't successfully convey the evolving action. The tone is consistently positive, even when the story pauses to underscore the emotional seriousness of some of the situations. There is a foundation of optimism to every encounter, a belief that obstacles can be overcome and answers can be found. The book is chock-full of charm and aspiration, but perhaps so much so that it spills over in a jumble of enthusiastic disconnect.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH [Page 103]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Zebrafish the band has disbanded, at least for the summer, but the members continue to try to make a positive difference in the world through different projects, including inspiring campers at Stickleback Arts Camp to seize the day.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Going their separate ways for the summer, the bandmates of Zebrafish resolve to continue helping the world, prompting Vita's efforts to involve her dog in a positive venture, Walt and Jay's work to convert a discarded ice-cream truck into a bookmobile, and Plinko and Tanya's work with special-needs summer campers. Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A great band does more than make music—it makes a difference! This Zebrafish adventure shows that doing good can make a splash and be a rockin’ good time.Zebrafish has disbanded, at least for the summer, but the ex-band members can still improve the world in their own way. Vita is figuring out how to channel her lazy summer into something positive (with her dog Chimp’s help, of course). Walt and Jay convert an old ice cream truck into an awesomely painted (and fully wired) book mobile. And Plinko and Tanya inspire their campers at Stickleback Arts Camp to seize the day—Tanya takes a special interest in a camper with diabetes who’d rather hang out in the infirmary than participate in camp, while Plinko is preoccupied with his night vision goggles (leading campers to the bathroom night or day!).Ideally Zebrafish will reunite for the end of summer Strings of Fury concert at the Dunes, but there’s a hitch—Vita refuses to play plastic. This follow-up collaboration between FableVision and Children’s Hospital Boston is as rockin’ as the first.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A great band does more than make music'it makes a difference! This Zebrafish adventure shows that doing good can make a splash and be a rockin' good time.Zebrafish has disbanded, at least for the summer, but the ex-band members can still improve the world in their own way. Vita is figuring out how to channel her lazy summer into something positive (with her dog Chimp's help, of course). Walt and Jay convert an old ice cream truck into an awesomely painted (and fully wired) book mobile. And Plinko and Tanya inspire their campers at Stickleback Arts Camp to seize the day'tanya takes a special interest in a camper with diabetes who'd rather hang out in the infirmary than participate in camp, while Plinko is preoccupied with his night vision goggles (leading campers to the bathroom night or day!).Ideally Zebrafish will reunite for the end of summer Strings of Fury concert at the Dunes, but there's a hitch'Vita refuses to play plastic. This follow-up collaboration between FableVision and Children's Hospital Boston is as rockin' as the first.