I haven't read too many graphic novels, and I am hoping to keep up with the genre more. The kids like them. I was excited to read Hope Larson's Mercury. It was a great graphic novel for me to start with!
Mercury alternates between two stories. Both stories are set in Nova Scotia and both main characters are teen-aged girls dealing with life stuff. In the present is Tara. She and her mom lost their old house to a fire. Tara is living with her aunt, uncle, and cousin while her mom looks for work out of town to try to help them get back on their feet after losing everything. Tara feels nervous going back to high school (10th grade) because she'd been home schooled for a while and she doesn't know if she'll get the hang of it. She does pretty good though and even gets a love interest very soon after school starts. What connects her to the past is a necklace that her aunt let her have out of her mom's old jewelry box. The necklace is beautiful but seems to have a mind of its own.
The other story is set in the same place but in 1859. Josey is living with her family when a mysterious stranger shows up and wants to go into business mining for gold with Josey's father. They strike up a deal and begin. He's a handsome stranger, and Josey has to decide how she feels about him even though her mother gets a very bad vibe from the man. He has a mysterious necklace that he is very protective of.
The elusive pot o gold binds these two stories together. Read to see how the two stories intertwine and what happens with the necklace that has survived the generations and now lives on Tara's neck.
The book was great. It was a quick read. I stayed interested the whole time because Larson takes you back and forth quickly. It was neat to be reminded that even though times are different, family, love, and loss are the same no matter what. I highly recommend this one to all.