I'm not entirely sure what to make of Spill Zone. It is about Addie, who rides into where a nuclear spill destroyed a town called "Po Town" (what used to be Poughkeepsie) and photographs what is left and growing in the Spill Zone. She sells her photos to support her little sister (who has a stuffed bear that seems to be possessed by something from the Spill Zone) because their parents were in Po Town when whatever happened happened. It is never really clear what exactly happened to the town. Addie gets a million dollar offer from one of the collectors who buy her art and takes it hoping that this will be the last time that she has to go in to the zone, but based on the drawings in this graphic novel, it seems that this may not be the last time she visits the Zone.
I really liked the drawings in this graphic novel as they help you to really see what and how this town was destroyed. It reminded me of a downplayed Resident Evil or Silent Hill-just as creepy, but with more conspiracy behind it. The government (or someone else) brings in a Korean boy-but the reader is never really told why other than to show that he has been touched by the nuclear radiation and wants to meet Addie, which makes there seem like there is much more going on then we are told. The book ends on a cliffhanger, which was annoying because there are still so many questions to be answered. Overall, I gave it 4 stars because it kept my attention and the drawings really save it from being lame.
Super cute, easy read! I read this to fill some time and it was a surprisingly cute story of two siblings (Emilia and Alfie) who are magically whisked away to Hong Kong where they meet Ying and her family who are about to open their own restaurant. Told from Alfie's perspective, he two siblings learn about Chinese foods, cooking, Chinese New Year traditions, and the importance of family and hard work. I loved all of the small details that allowed me to imagine Hong Kong and the intricate yet simple descriptions of food flavors. I also really enjoyed the look into Chinese culture and family life. Overall, a very cute middle grade novel! I'll definitely be looking out for the rest of the series! #weneeddiversebooks