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Into the Dangerous World

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Into the Dangerous World

Aurora, or Ror for short, is an artist. She tells her tumultuous life through countless drawings. She refuses to conform to society and was raised by her father's strange set of rules. However, when her father, whom she calls Dado, dies when their house burns to the ground, she is left to live in a run-down shelter in Brooklyn with her mother and sister, Marilyn. Left without her father, she feels hopeless and without guidance. How will she cope with this loss?
 
Rather quickly, Ror and her family move to Coney Island. There, Ror and Marilyn must attend school, something their father would've strongly disapproved of. And while Marilyn has an easy time fitting in, Ror is branded as a psychopath and ends up alone, except in her art class. It is there that she meets Trey, a boy who empowers Ror to see the world in a different light.
 
Along with Julie Chibaro’s amazing story, I absolutely loved Jean-Marc Superville Sovak's art, which frequently appeared throughout INTO THE DANGEROUS WORLD and took my breath away every time. 
 
Throughout INTO THE DANGEROUS WORLD, Ror never forgets her father, though she does make sure to draw her father's face after she loses him. In the end, Ror must make an important choice: Will she continue to live her life as her father wanted? Will she go to college like her art professor wants her to? Or will she stay with Trey, the unique boy from her art class?
 
I loved every detail of this fast-paced plot, which never failed to add dimension to Ror's ever-evolving life. Her journey with the people around her was astounding to witness. I also enjoyed getting to know Ror's mother and her sister, Marilyn. They were both great additions to the story! Although I wish I knew what ending Ror chooses for herself, I thought that this novel's open ending was satisfying enough.
Along with Julie Chibaro’s amazing story, I absolutely loved Jean-Marc Superville Sovak's art, which frequently appeared throughout INTO THE DANGEROUS WORLD and took my breath away every time. His art truly complimented the text and gave life to Chibaro’s words. Chibaro's stimulating approach to life in the streets and art is simply inspiring. I recommend INTO THE DANGEROUS WORLD to those interested in a plucky read this summer and coming fall.

Reviewed by Rachel De Paz on August 19, 2015

Into the Dangerous World
by Julie Chibbaro and Jean-Marc Superville Sovak

  • Publication Date: August 18, 2015
  • Genres: Graphic Novel, Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0803739109
  • ISBN-13: 9780803739109