Shirley & Jamila 1 : Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer
by Goerz, Gillian

Befriending an unusual girl after moving to a new neighborhood, Jamilia discovers that her new friend is the community's best kid detective and becomes a crime-solving partner to help a young boy track down his missing pet gecko. Simultaneous and eBook. Illustrations.

Gillian Goerz is a Canadian illustrator, writer, and cartoonist. Her illustrations can be found in books such as Ryan North's choosable path adventures To Be or Not to Be and Romeo and/or Juliet. Her comics have been seen in The Walrus, Descant Magazine, and the Humber Literary Review with frequent collaborator and award-winning author Mariko Tamaki. CBC Books named Gillian's autobiographical comic "a highlight" of the anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Ten-year-old Jamila Waheed is dreading summer in her new town; between boring science camp and no friends, it's bound to be awful. When she meets oddball Shirley Bones at a garage sale, Jamila isn't so sure she wants to be friends, but reluctance turns to excitement as she realizes Shirley has some very special skills when it comes to solving mysteries. When some neighborhood kids turn to Shirley for help to find their stolen gecko, Jamila is drawn into some serious neighborhood drama. Debut author Goerz has created a charming summertime romp with a cast of highly likable characters reflecting a range of voices. Jamila and Shirley experience realistic ups and downs of a new friendship but model thoughtful problem solving and communication. The artwork is fresh and appealing, with expressive cartoonish figures and full-color panels. This friendship story with a bit of mystery strikes a perfect balance of carefree fun and real-world issues and will appeal to readers looking for a realistic reflection of the tween experience. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

When Jamila Waheed meets fellow 10-year-old Shirley Bones at a garage sale, she's hopeful she's made her first neighborhood friend. Shirley's mother is sending her to camp for the summer, against her will. When Jamila confesses that she's in the same situation, Shirley, who's a bit of an oddball, says that she'll convince her mother to convince Jamila's mother to let them skip camp and spend time together instead. Jamila is skeptical, but Shirley comes through, and before long, the two girls are spending their days together on the nearby basketball court. But instead of practicing, like Jamila, Shirley makes it her home base for doing detective work. When Jamila joins Shirley, the two begin to forge a true friendship—one that their latest case puts to the test. This fast-paced graphic novel set in Canada features a diverse cast of characters featured in drawings teeming with movement, detail, and life. Jamila is a brown-skinned Muslim girl, and Shirley is white. Goerz is a master of character development, making no one into a villain and no one into a saint and giving each a fascinating role to play . While Jamila and Shirley's friendship is the highlight, it's only one of many deeply satisfactory layers of storytelling. An action-packed graphic novel about finding—and forgiving—our closest friends. (Graphic fiction. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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