Soupy leaves home

Cecil Castellucci, 1969-

Book - 2017

"When Pearl runs away from her abusive father, she has nowhere to go--until she stumbles upon a disguise that gives her the key to a new identity. Reborn as a boy named Soupy, she hitches her star to Ramshackle, a hobo who takes her under his wing. Ramshackle's kindness and protection go a long way toward helping Soupy heal from her difficult past. But he has his own demons to wrestle with, and he'll need Soupy just as much as she needs him. Two misfits with no place to call home ...take a train-hopping journey from the cold heartbreak of their Eastern homes to the sunny promise of California in this Depression-era coming-of-age tale"--

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Graphic novels
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Published
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
194 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781616554316
1616554312
Main Author
Cecil Castellucci, 1969- (author)
Other Authors
Jose Pimienta (illustrator), Nate Piekos (letterer)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Fed up with her abusive father, Pearl runs away from home, disguising herself as a boy named Soupy. A hobo named Ramshackle takes her under his wing and teaches her the ways of the rails and how to see beyond the pain of the world. But despite his training, Soupy finds herself unwilling to face the demons she ran away from. A mix of metaphysics and historical fiction, Castellucci's story doesn't allow either to overtake the other. Ramshackle is a good man but he's also clearly flawed, as are many of the other characters Soupy encounters. She's hard to get to know at first, which fits with her cautious nature, but as she gains confidence, more of her personality and thoughts are revealed. Pimienta makes beautiful use of single colors to highlight his strong line art, switching from page to page to keep the reader's eye flowing across the tale. Though the ending is a bit too easy, the story definitely leaves contemplative readers with much to savor. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 6 Up—Bookish Pearl cuts her hair short, dons a newsboy cap, and takes off in the night, intending not to be found. Wandering the railroad tracks disguised as a boy, she meets a seasoned runaway named Ramshackle, a kindly tramp who has hobo wisdom to spare. In this book set in a lushly depicted Depression-era America, Pearl (dubbed "Soupy" at a hobo encampment) and Ramshackle travel the country encountering criminality and compassion alike. Throughout their journey, Ramshackle gently invites Soupy to tell her story, though she is hesitant. Their philosophical conversations in train cars and by the campfire are eventually brought into sharp relief with brief flashbacks of the harsh world Soupy has escaped. Illustrator Pimienta works in largely monochromatic and moody tones sprinkled with gloriously vivid maps of the journey and evocative daydreams. Castellucci incorporates well-researched aspects of hobo life that will capture the imagination of those who have fantasized about life on their own, and undercurrents of feminism flow throughout Soupy's odyssey. While the protagonists' meandering heart-to-hearts can be irksomely vague, the moving lessons of honor and gratitude will resonate with sensitive readers. VERDICT A well-researched and richly illustrated runaway tale that will appeal to fans of escapist fiction and thoughtful readers.—Anna Murphy, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"When Pearl runs away from her abusive father, she has nowhere to go--until she stumbles upon a disguise that gives her the key to a new identity. Reborn as a boy named Soupy, she hitches her star to Ramshackle, a hobo who takes her under his wing. Ramshackle's kindness and protection go a long way toward helping Soupy heal from her difficult past. But he has his own demons to wrestle with, and he'll need Soupy just as much as she needs him. Two misfits with no place to call home take a train-hopping journey from the cold heartbreak of their Eastern homes to the sunny promise of California in this Depression-era coming-of-age tale"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Set in 1932, this is the story of two misfits with no place to call home, who build a relationship during a train hopping journey from the cold heartbreak of their eastern homes toward the sunny promise of California.Pearl "Soupy" Plankette ran away from her abusive father, but has nowhere to go until she stumbles upon a disguise that gives her the key to a new identity. Reborn as a boy named Soupy, she hitches her star to Remy "Ramshackle" Smith, a hobo who takes her under his wing. Ramshackle's kindness and protection go a long way to help Soupy heal from her difficult past. But Ramshackle has his own demons to wrestle with, and he'll need Soupy just as much as she needs him.“A compelling graphic offering that explores relevant gender roles and self-identity through a historical lens.” – from the Kirkus Starred Review"VERDICT A well-researched and richly illustrated runaway tale that will appeal to fans of escapist fiction and thoughtful readers."–Anna Murphy, ¬Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, From the School Library Journal review, March 2017 “Soupy Leaves Home tells the story of a time no longer familiar to us—a time of living the rails and simmering Mulligan Soup, a time of chosen names and secret languages—yet a tale that anyone with a longing heart and a restless spirit can relate to. It transports you magically to a place long gone, but its tale of poverty and survival are still as relevant as they ever were—the characters may be penniless, but they are so emotionally wealthy that this book leaves you filled with warmth, hope, and love.”—Gerard Way “Castellucci’s heartfelt odyssey is a reckoning with death and identity on the tracks, brought to life by Pimienta’s patient, ever-evolving use of color. Soupy Leaves Home is for all restless souls hungry to start again.”—Nate Powell (March, Swallow Me Whole)  “A charming and optimistic slice of Americana.”—Hope Larson (Wrinkle in Time, Batgirl) "I love Cecil Castellucci, she is crazy and cool and full of energy and heart, and so is all of her work. And Soupy Leaves Home may be one of her finest and most effecting works yet!”—Jeff Lemire