One Trick Pony

Written and Illustrated by Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale takes a break from his awesome historical graphic novel series Hazardous Tales for this one-off post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure. On a future earth in which creepy, amoebic aliens referred to as pipers literally consume any technology they can find, a girl named Strata lives with her family in a nomadic archivist caravan that seeks to scavenge technology and digital history to preserve it from the relentless pipers. When Strata one day discovers an amazing robotic pony and refuses to part with it, she inadvertently alerts both the pipers and violent post-technology bandits to the existence of her family’s caravan, leading to a terrible showdown.

The story, characters, and world of this book are vivid and immediately engaging, the artwork is stunning, and the movement and action is non-stop, almost cinematic. This is a quick read that is a perfect recommendation for sci-fi, adventure, and Star Wars fans, even if they are fans of such movies more than books, as well as for fans of great graphic novels and illustration.

Review by Joshua Whiting, Educational Technology Dept. Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4+

One Trick Pony
Written and Illustrated by Nathan Hale
Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams
127 pages
Release Date: March 14, 2017

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