Written by Hope Larson
Review by Nancy Castaldo

Hope Larson is already a veteran at producing graphic novels. Her 2008 title, Chiggers, won the Eisner Award for Special Recognition. In this book, she has again created a girl-centered graphic novel that teens will enjoy. Mercury tells the story of two girls, one living in 1859 Nova Scotia, the other her descendant living in 2009. Larson interweaves the two coming of age stories with skill and a sense of magical realism.

Present-day Tara searches for legendary gold, said to be buried on the site, while Josie’s tale unfolds the secrets of how the gold was initially hidden. Larson’s illustrations on black or white pages for each time period deftly help the stories unfold and provide a host of historical details. This novel will interest both readers of historical fiction and fantasy.