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Delicates Review

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Delicates tells a powerful story about what it means to fit in, and those left on the outside

June 2021 Book of the Month

Recommended by Stephen L Holland, Guest Editor, June 2021:   Eliza Duncan is a direct and diligent, no-nonsense teen with a passion for photography and a focus on ghosts. Marjorie Glatt found her laundromat infested with white-sheeted ghosts: with its washes, tumble-dries and ironing, they thought it the perfect health spa. She adopted one called Wendell as her best friend. But now she has been adopted–by her school’s most popular students who rule the roost by putting everyone else down. Marjorie, once a victim of this, feels awkward about her newfound immunity for she fails to speak up for others, particularly when they start picking on Eliza who’s determined that there are ghosts, that she’ll snap one on celluloid, and soon has her sights set on Wendell. Astonishingly complex, this comes with layers of self-awareness, self-examination yet blind spots and moments of betrayal from even the kindest of corners.

Also: is this not the most perfect cover? What a narrative drive! Thummler totally owns her unique colour palette.

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Delicates Synopsis

Marjorie Glatt's life hasn't been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family's laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie's only friends. But when Marjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins to worry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she'll be labeled as a freak who sees dead people.

With Marjorie's insistence on keeping Wendell's ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendell begins to feel even more invisible than he already is. Eliza Duncan feels invisible too. She's an avid photographer, and her zealous interest in finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as different by all the other kids in school. Constantly feeling on the outside, Eliza begins to feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms with the price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing her friend, Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Eliza endures?

Delicates tells a powerful story about what it means to fit in, and those left on the outside. It shows what it's like to feel invisible, and the importance of feeling seen. Above all, it is a story of asking for help when all seems dark, and bringing help and light to those who need it most.

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ISBN: 9781620107881
Publication date: 23/03/2021
Publisher: Oni Press,US
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781620107881
Publication date: 23rd March 2021
Author: Brenna Thummler, Brenna Thummler
Publisher: Oni Press,US
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: Graphic Novels & Comics, Horror & Ghost Stories, School Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Collections: Summer Reading 2021,

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