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INTEREST LEVEL: Age 8+
READING LEVEL: Grade 3+
GUIDED READING LEVEL: T
LEXILE LEVEL: 820
AUTHORS: Nadja Spiegelman, Sergio García Sánchez
DIMENSIONS: 7.75" x 10"
HARDCOVER RELEASE DATE:
April 7, 2015
PAPERBACK RELEASE DATE:
May, 5, 2020
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About the Book
Pablo’s first day in a New York City school quickly goes off the rails during a field trip to the Empire State Building. Pablo accidentally gets on the wrong train, but with help from a new friend and from the city itself, he soon is on the fast track to becoming a local. This story—which features maps, archival photos, and fascinating facts—will help readers explore the subway without leaving their seats. It brings all the bustle and beauty of NYC to young readers around the world.
Watch our new book trailer about the inspiration behind and the creation of the book.
Nadja Spiegelman gives the inside scoop on where the idea for the book came from, how kids have responded to the book since it was first published in 2015, and what it was like to collaborate with Sergio García Sánchez, one of Europe's leading experimental cartoonists.
Empire State Center for the Book
Great Reads Pick 2017
Association for Library Service to Children's Graphic Novels Reading List 2016
2016 Association for Library Service to Children
Notable Children's Books
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Connecticut Nutmeg Award Book Nominee 2019
School Library Journal Best Books of 2015
2018 Tejas Star Reading List
Texas Library Association’s bilingual reading list for readers ages 5-12
★Little Maverick Star★
Texas Library Association’s Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List 2016
Kirkus Prize 2015 Nominee for Young Reader's Literature
ABC Best Books for Young Readers 2015 List
SIX STARRED REVIEWS!
★★★ "Required reading for anyone, tourist or resident, mystified by or anxious about using arguably the greatest public-transportation system on the planet."
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
★★★ "The storytelling is kinetic...this book is sure to be a hit"
--School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
★★★ "Young readers enamored by the Big Apple will be both delighted by the wealth ofinformation and atmospheric artwork and encouraged by Pablo and Alicia’s successful, if a bit nervewracking, solo journeys."
--Booklist STARRED REVIEW
★★★ "With humor and sensitivity, Spiegelman reveals how getting lost can be the first step toward finding your way—while also giving NYC residents and visitors alike a valuable primer on the subway system and its history."
--Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
★★★ "In this vibrant graphic-novel picture book, Spiegelman’s lively text is superbly matched by García Sánchez’s art. His detailed images from every perspective, filled with trains, stations, people, streets, skyscrapers, and even maps, vividly convey the kids’ travels below and above ground."
--The Horn Book Magazine STARRED REVIEW
★★★ "A graphic novel tale of friendship that combines fascinating facts about the New York subway system, the Empire State Building, history and geography."
-- Shelf Awareness STARRED REVIEW
"García’s adroit art bursts with activity, while the story highlights the ingenuity city life brings out in the young. Packed with subway maps, lore and miscellany, it’s sure to be treasured by tweens and adults, too."
--New York Times
"Aimed at 'visual learners,' this elegantly presented and emotionally satisfying graphic story is well worth the time even of children who have never set foot in Manhattan."
--The Wall Street Journal
"Visually stunning (to say nothing of its accuracy) with abundant factual information wriggled into every available crevice, you don’t have to be a New Yorker to enjoy this book (though, boy, does it sure help).”
--Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse 8 Production and NYPL Youth Materials Specialist
"Segio García Sánchez’s illustrations are beautiful, and the book is filled with gorgeous two-page spreads that don’t waste a single inch of real estate.”
--Jamie Greene for Geek Dad
Spiegelman spoke with Comic Book Resources about how she settled on the story, her collaboration with Sanchez, what kind of research it took to properly capture the New York subway system -- and the comic she wasn't allowed to read as a child.
--Read the interview HERE at Comic Book Resources
“García Sánchez's artwork perfectly complements Spiegelman's heartfelt and informative narrative, offering glimpses of the thousands of subway commuters from all walks of life crowding into busy stations and onto packed subway trains.”
"I’m declaring it required reading for natives and tourists alike. Because get this: it is now MY FAVORITE NEW YORK BOOK OF ALL TIME."
-- What to Read to Your Kids
TOON Graphic Special Feature
The world of TOON Graphics and of comic book art is rich and varied. Making meaning out of reading with the aid of visuals may be the best way to become a lifelong reader, one who knows how to read for pleasure and for information—a reader who loves to read. Lost in NYC includes these special features to support both visual and verbal literacy:
Our Lost in NYC Teacher Guide outlines the ELA Common Core Standards to support standards-based instruction in the classroom using this TOON Graphic. The lesson plan offers detailed questions for students with page references. This free guide was designed by a team of passionate literacy experts led by Hsin Yu Chao.