Ann of West Philly: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Anne of Green Gables by Ivy Noelle Weir
Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel
Publishing Date: March 1, 2022
Anne of Green Gables with a twist: in this follow-up to Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and The Secret Garden on 81st Street, this full-color graphic novel moves Anne Shirley to modern-day West Philadelphia, where where she finds new friends, new rivals, and a new family.
When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to foster a teenage girl for the first time, their lives are changed forever. Their redheaded foster daughter, Anne Shirley, is in search of an exciting life and has decided that West Philly is where she’s going to find it. Armed with a big personality and unstoppable creativity, Anne takes her new home by storm as she joins the robotics club, makes new friends in Diana and Gilbert, experiences first love, and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. But as Anne starts to get comfortable, she discovers one thing she wasn’t looking for: a family.
About the Author:
Ivy Noelle Weir is a writer of comics and prose. She is the co-creator of the Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning graphic novel Archival Quality (Oni Press), the upcoming The Secret Garden on 81st Street (Little, Brown for Young Readers), and her writing has appeared in anthologies such as Princeless: Girls Rock (Action Lab Entertainment) and Dead Beats (A Wave Blue World). She lives in the greater Boston area with her husband and their two tiny, weird dogs.
Again a big thank you to TBR Tours and Beyond for allowing me to review Anne of West Philly and to the Publishers for sending me a Netgalley Arc.
This is my second middle grade graphic novel written by Ivy and as soon as I saw the tour for Anne of West Philly I knew I really wanted to read this book and was not disappointed.
Again Anne is a POC and I loved that the illustrator Myisha Haynes kept the red hair and freckles and I thought the illustrations and writing matched like two peas in a pod. Ivy has followed the original story to a tee but then gave it a twist which I think alot of younger readers will like and that is the introduction of STEM through robotics and showed that girls were just as good as boys. I also believe that this could encourage more girls into STEM.
I also love Anne's character growth throughout the story and how she turned the ordinary into the extraordinary with the support of her family and friends. I cannot wait to see what Ivy does next and for all these reasons Anne of West Philly gets 4 stars